Rethinking identity, ethnicity, and 'Hellenization' in pre-Roman Liburnia

Charles Barnett

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It is widely accepted that the Liburni, at some point in the Iron Age, ruled over much of the Adriatic. Professor Slobodan Čače was the first scholar to truly challenge these narratives through a critique of the written sources. The aim of this paper is to build upon the work of Čače in seeking to rethink identities in pre-Roman Liburnia through analysis of ancient literary sources. It also takes a multidisciplinary approach, and seeks to address ideas about identity and cultural change through material culture. A reexamination is undertaken into Liburnian identity through archaeological evidence, and the transformations it apparently went through during the Iron Age, focusing on ideas about ethno-cultural identities and ‘Hellenization’ in interpretations of developments in Liburnia during the last 4 centuries BCE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-97
Number of pages35
JournalMiscellanea Hadriatica et Mediterranea
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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  • Liburnia
  • Iron Age
  • identity
  • ethnicity
  • Hellenization
  • material culture

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