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The introduction chapter gives some interpretation clues for the essential integration patterns in Roman social history. Roman citizenship, based on civic and political statutes with juridical statements from the first centuries of the Republic, offered a civic model to the Imperium Romanum, which would, in approximately half a millennium (from the 2nd century bc to the 3rd century ad), concern the great majority of free men living within the limits of the Imperial territory, though not the population as a whole. Two decisive steps in this process of ongoing distribution of citizenship have mainly been studied in the past: the municipalization of Italy at the beginning of the 1st century bc, and the Constitutio Antoniniana of ad 212. This was done through analysis of a wide spectrum of aspects, i.e. the juridical, social, political, cultural and religious ones, or through discussion about what has been named (with some objections) ?Romanization'.

Keywords: Roman integration; Rome



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