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This volume brings together scholars of Roman history, archaeology, history of political thought, Italian literature, and political philosophy to reflect upon the Roman Republic from its origins to the Principate (509–27 BC) by employing Gramsci’s concept of "hegemony". The use of hegemony as a category in historiographical interpretation is often limited to a cultural domination through consensus, especially in English-speaking scholarship, excluding any form of coercion. The volume aims to redress this disposition by appealing to a reading of Gramsci’s hegemony as a dialectical process: it proposes a collective use of Gramscian categories for the study of the political and social conflicts of the Roman Republic. After some theoretical contributions about these categories, and other philosophical approaches to the study of the Roman Republic (such as Machiavelli and Althusser), sections on "Urban Politics", "Imperialism and Provincial Administration", "Archaeology and Romanization", and "Political Narratives" explore Roman Politics and the internal conflict that characterized it in different geographical and chronological contexts, concluding with an "Epilogue" on the transition from the Republic to the Augustan Principate.
M. Bellomo, Univ. d. Studi di Milano, Italy; E. Zucchetti, Newcastle Univ., UK/Soc. for the Promotion of Roman Studies, London, UK.
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