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A better half to Ethnicity within the historical Mediterranean offers a complete number of essays contributed by means of Classical experiences students that discover questions when it comes to ethnicity within the old Mediterranean global.

Covers themes of ethnicity in civilizations starting from old Egypt and Israel, to Greece and Rome, and into past due Antiquity
• beneficial properties state-of-the-art study on ethnicity with regards to Philistine, Etruscan, and Phoenician identities
• unearths the specific relationships among old and sleek ethnicities
• Introduces an interpretation of ethnicity as an lively part of social identification
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Originally, Latium was under Etruscan supremacy into the fifth century BCE. Lavinium (Laurentum) was the main religious center in Latium. The main mythical symbol of heroic origin, a landmark, for the Etruscans was a tumulus grave that, according to popular belief going back to the sixth century BCE, had been considered to be Aeneas’ grave. After the Romans established their power in Latium, they adopted the Trojan myth for themselves, and Lavinium’s fame continued in Roman disguise. This myth of origin assumed political significance for the Romans when they were at war with Carthage, and perhaps as early as their domination of the Latin League in the fourth century BC.

In addition to direct borrowings, Latin absorbed many Etruscan elements in translation. The most visible icon of the early Roman state seems to be an adaptation of Etruscan terminology: Latin res publica “republic,” translation of Etruscan mekh rasnal “league of the people” (Rix 1984: 466). The Romans learned the business of administration from the Etruscans. The magistrate (Latin magister populi) derived from the office of the Etruscan macstarna, and the Romans also adopted the Ethnicity and Language in the Ancient Mediterranean 27 symbol of the magistrate’s authority, the rod bundle (fasces).

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