Historical Materialism , volume 14:4 (279–288) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Dench 1995. 2 See Brock and Hodkinson 2000 and Horden and Purcell 2000. Ancient Umbria G UY B RADLEY Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000 Reviewed by E LENA I SAYEV Bradley’s Ancient Umbria is a welcome addition to research into the history of ancient Italy. Referring to it as simply a regional study would amount to only touching the surface of this rich and complex work, which sheds new light on the sociopolitical processes that configured the whole of the ancient Mediterranean. The work also provides a good example of how archaeology can successfully be integrated with literary and other forms of evidence in the writing of ancient social history. Indeed, there is almost no form of evidence which has not been examined in creating this description of ancient Umbria during the period between the ninth and the first centuries BCE. This study fits well with other similar works published in recent years, which use the case of Italy as a basis for a discussion on state formation, the emergence of identities and the effect of external pressures on such
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