Baetica Felix: People and Prosperity in Southern Spain from by Evan W. Haley

By Evan W. Haley

Baetica, the present-day sector of Andalusia in southern Spain, was once the wealthiest province of the Roman Empire. Its society was once dynamic and marked by means of upward social and fiscal mobility, because the imperial peace allowed the emergence of a considerable heart social and financial stratum. certainly, so at the same time useful was once the imposition of Roman rule at the neighborhood inhabitants of Baetica that it calls for a brand new knowing of the connection among Imperial Rome and its provinces."Baetica Felix" builds a brand new version of Roman-provincial family members via a socio-economic heritage of the province from Julius Caesar to the top of the second one century A.D. Describing and analysing the impression of Roman rule on a center province, Evan Haley addresses large questions: what impact did Roman rule have on styles of cost and construction in Baetica, and the way did it give a contribution to wealth iteration and social mobility? His findings conclusively display that assembly the a number of calls for of the Roman nation created a considerable freeborn and ex-slave "middle stratum" of the inhabitants that outnumbered either the super-rich elite and the destitute negative.

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D. The excavators suggest a reduction in the scale of operations between the second and the third phase— certainly the structures of the Cerro Castillejo seem to have been completely abandoned, and the excavators envisage at most several “families” working the site in its third and final phase. The material evidence of both phases two and three, but par30 Rural Settlement and Production in Baetica ticularly the latter, is certainly not consonant with individuals or families living at or near subsistence, and suggests instead a metallurgical installation that was open to the outside world.

C. d. The earliest settlement, corresponding to phase one, evidently had its inception c. , to judge from the ceramics evidence, and seems to have centered on the highest point in the area, namely the Cerro Castillejo. The Civil Wars of the late Republican and triumviral periods apparently interrupted the life of the settlement in its earliest phase, not represented by any surviving structures. The cerro yields up remains of cisterns, canals, and habitations, connected with the processing of ore, which represent phase two in the activity of the settlement.

68 The center possesses wide, parallel streets, a broad, open central square, and a carefully laid-out drainage system. It is difficult to see in this place anything less than the im28 Rural Settlement and Production in Baetica pact of skilled Roman or Italian technical personnel. Their subsistence needs would presumably have been met by native farmers of the region. One aspect of rural production in Baetica that goes unmentioned in Domergue’s repertorium of mines in the Iberian peninsula is local, smallscale mining and metallurgical activity devoted to the satisfaction of the demand for utilitarian objects, chiefly in the form of tools and nails.

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