September 15, 2009

Roman Homelands

From de Legibus 2.5:

"I believe that he [Cato] and all men from the municipia have two homelands, one by birth and one by citizenship, so that Cato, who was born at Tusculum, received citizenship among the Roman people; since he was a Tusculan by birth and a Roman by citizenship, he had one homeland by place of birth and another by law. But that which is the common citizenship must stand first in our affection in the name of the state; for it is our duty to die for this and to give ourselves completely, to consecrate ourselves and offer up everything we have. But that into which we were born is not less sweet to us than into which we were adopted."

And here I thought the ancient authors had nothing to say on (trans)migration. Granted, Cicero writes about the elite (and only the male elite at that), but it looks like I need to go back and refresh my knowledge of what Latin literature has to say about migration, citizenship, and ethnicity. Also, Lomas' Roman Italy sourcebook currently rocks my world.


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