The Romanization of Northern Etruria

Posted on 17 February 2015

Talk: Raffaella Da Vela (University of Bonn), “The Romanization of Northern Etruria as a breakdown of the social network of the minor settlements”.


Date: Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Time: starting at 17:00 c.t. (i.e. 17:15)

Venue: TOPOI Building Dahlem, Hittorfstraße 18 D-14195 Berlin (map)


The Romanization of Northern Etruria is a long and complex process that concerns the political organization of the Etruscan cities, their social structure, the local economy in relationship with the global one. The crucial questions I look forward to answer with the Social Network Analysis (SNA) in this geographical and cultural area are the following: Which is the connecting role of the minor settlements and how do they participate in the circulation of goods, ideas and models? How does the perception of Etruscan cultural identity and the related affiliation among Etruscan cities interact with the economical and political needs? How do the Roman politics and economy interact with the network of the Etruscan minor settlements? Is it possible to describe the Romanization as a crush of ties between cities and minor centers?

Aim of my research is the description of the chronological evolution of the longitudinal network of north Etruscan cities ad minor settlements during the Romanization. As relational ties between these settlements I assume: transfer of material (coinage, ceramics, metal products) and immaterial (ideas, iconographies, models) resources and products; association or affiliation (in the social and in the civil wars); behavioural interaction (economical agreements, political pacts); mobility (migrations; marriages; familiar alliances through epigraphic records); physical connections (route-systems, sea-ways, visual long-distance communication). My analysis will observe the regional and local dimension of the longitudinal network of these cities and suggests a graphic interpretation of the historical and archaeological situation through the SNA-software NodeXL and the software Cytoscape.

From the methodological point of view I look forward to present a topographical construction of the network graph and the possibilities and limits of the application of SNA to a dynamical archaeological context. In particular I am interested in the question which aspects are more conditioned from the choice of the level of observation (dyadic, triadic, ego-centered and full set level).


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