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Provincia Hispania Lusitania

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Ruins seem to materialize in the unlikeliest places in this former capital of the Roman province of Lusitania. The Temple of Diana appears behind the tourist information office, and the colorful Los Milagros Aqueduct with its seven standing columns rising not far from a set of railroad tracks.Stroll along the nearby leafy landscaped expanse that fronts the Guadiana River and you’ll come upon a half-mile long Roman bridge, the longest such structure remaining in the world. This now pedestrian structure that attracts joggers and cyclists alike is within striking distance of its contemporary cousin that’s designed by star architect Santiago Calatrava. Another place to walk among history is along the periphery of the Roman Circus where charioteers once raced.But anyone who thrills in the macabre should check out Los Columbarios funeral site. Aside from providing a wealth of information on Roman funeral ceremonies, it’s planted with an array of flora, such as cypress, that symbolically refers to death and the afterlife. For intimate insights into all things Roman, take a guided tour with Marco Mangut.This article is about the Roman province. For the ship, see RMS Lusitania. For other uses, see Lusitania (disambiguation).Provincia·Hispania·LusitaniaProvince of the Roman Empire←27 BC–891 AD → → → →Location of LusitaniaCapitalEmerita Augusta (Mérida)Historical eraRoman Empire • Established27 BC • Disestablished891 ADToday part of Portugal SpainThe Iberian peninsula in the time of Hadrian (ruled 117–138 AD), showing, in western Iberia, the imperial province of Lusitania (Portugal and Extremadura)Map of Roman Hispania around 10 AD; Lusitania is colored in orangeLusitania (/ˌluːsɪˈteɪniə/, Portuguese: Lusitânia, Spanish: Lusitania) or Hispania Lusitana was an ancient Iberian Roman province including approximately all of modern Portugal south of the Douro river and part of modern Spain (the present autonomous community of Extremadura and a small part of the province of Salamanca). It was named after the Lusitani or Lusitanian people (an Indo-European people). Its capital was Emerita Augusta (currently Mérida, Spain), and it was initially part of the Roman Republic province of Hispania Ulterior, before becoming a province of its own in the Roman Empire. Romans first came to the territory around the mid 2nd century BC.[1] A war with Lusitanian tribes followed, from 155 to 139 BC. In 27 BC, the province was created.[2]Contents [hide]1Origin of the name2Lusitanians3War against Rome4Roman province4.1Division under Augustus (25–20 BC)4.2Division under Diocletian4.3Governors4.4Coloniae and Municipia5Notable Lusitanians6Portuguese use of the name7In popular culture8See also9References10External linksOrigin of the name[edit]The etymology of the name of the Lusitani (who gave the Roman province their name) remains unclear. Popular etymology connected the name to a supposed Roman demigod Lusus, whereas some early-modern scholars[which?] suggested that Lus was a form of the Celtic Lugus followed by another (unattested) root *tan-, supposed to mean "tribe",[3] while others derived the name from Lucis, an ancient people mentioned in Avienus' Ora Maritima (4th century CE) and from tan (-stan in Iranian), or from tain, meaning "a region" or implying "a country of waters", a root word that formerly meant a prince or sovereign governor of a region.[4][5][6]Ancient Romans, such as Pliny the Elder (Natural History, 3.5) and Varro (116 – 27 BCE, cited by Pliny), speculated that the name Lusitania had Roman origins, as when Pliny says "lusum enim Liberi Patris aut lyssam cum eo bacchantium nomen dedisse Lusitaniae et Pana praefectum eius universae" [Lusitania takes its name from the Lusus associated with Bacchus and the Lyssa of his Bacchantes, and Pan is its governor]. Lusus is usually translated as "game" or "play", while lyssa is a borrowing from the Greek λυσσα, "frenzy" or "rage", and sometimes Rage personified; for later poets, Lusus and Lyssa become flesh-and-blood companions (even children) of Bacchus. Luís de Camões' epic Os Lusíadas (1572), which portrays Lusus as the founder of Lusitania, extends these ideas, which have no connection with modern etymology.In his work, Geography, the classical geographer Strabo (died ca. 24 CE) suggests a change had occurred in the use of the name "Lusitanian". He mentions a group who had once been called "Lusitanians" living north of the Douro river but were called in his day "Callacans".[7]Lusitanians[edit]Iberian Peninsula at about 300 BC.[8]Main article: LusitaniansThe Lusitani, who were Indo-European speakers, established themselves in the region in the 6th century BC, but historians and archeologists are still undecided about their ethnogenesis. Some modern authors consider them to be an indigenous people who were Celticized culturally and possibly also through intermarriage.[1]The archeologist Scarlat Lambrino defended the position that the Lusitanians were a tribal group of Celtic origin related to the Lusones (a tribe that inhabited the east of Iberia). Some have claimed that both tribes came from the Swiss mountains.[citation needed] Others argue that the evidence points to the Lusitanians being a native Iberian tribe, resulting from intermarriage between different local tribes.[citation needed]The first area colonized by the Lusitani was probably the Douro valley and the region of Beira Alta (present day Portugal); in Beira, they stayed until they defeated the Celtici and other tribes, then they expanded to cover a territory that reached Estremadura before the arrival of the Romans.War against Rome[edit][show] v t eRoman conquest of HispaniaMain article: Lusitanian WarAnd yet the country north of the Tagus, Lusitania, is the greatest of the Iberian nations, and is the nation against which the Romans waged war for the longest times— Strabo[9]Roman conquest of HispaniaThe Lusitani are mentioned for the first time in Livy (218 BC) and are described as fighting for the Carthaginians; they are reported as fighting against Rome in 194 BC, sometimes allied with Celtiberian tribes.In 179 BC, the praetor Lucius Postumius Albinus celebrated a triumph over the Lusitani, but in 155 BC, on the command of Punicus (Πουνίκου, perhaps a Carthaginian) first and Cesarus (Καίσαρος) after, the Lusitani reached Gibraltar. Here they were defeated by the praetor Lucius Mummius.From 152 BC onwards, the Roman Republic had difficulties in recruiting soldiers for the wars in Hispania, deemed particularly brutal. In 150 BC, Servius Sulpicius Galba organised a false armistice. While the Lusitani celebrated this new alliance, he massacred them, selling the survivors as slaves; this caused a new rebellion led by Viriathus, who was after many attempts killed by traitors paid by the Romans in 139 BC, after having led a successful guerrilla campaign against Rome and their local allies. Two years after, in 137 BC Decimus Junius Brutus Callaicus led a successful campaign against the Lusitani, reaching as far north as the Minho river.Romans scored other victories with proconsul Decimus Junius Brutus Callaicus and Gaius Marius (elected in 113 BC), but still the Lusitani resisted with a long guerilla war; they later joined Sertorius' (a renegade Roman General) troops (around 80 BC) and Julius Caesar conducted a successful campaign against them in 61-60 BC,[10] but they were not finally defeated until the reign of Augustus (around 28-24 BC).Roman province[edit]Roman Hispania under Diocletian (AD 293); Lusitania found in the extreme westTower of Centum CellasRoman Temple of ÉvoraRoman Theatre (Mérida)Division under Augustus (25–20 BC)[edit]With Lusitania (and Asturia and Gallaecia), Rome had completed the conquest of the Iberian peninsula, which was then divided by Augustus (25–20 BC[citation needed] or 16-13 BC[1]) into the eastern and northern Hispania Tarraconensis, the southwestern Hispania Baetica and the western Provincia Lusitana. Originally, Lusitania included the territories of Asturia and Gallaecia, but these were later ceded to the jurisdiction of the new Provincia Tarraconensis and the former remained as Provincia Lusitania et Vettones. Its northern border was along the Douro river, while on its eastern side its border passed through Salmantica (Salamanca)and Caesarobriga (Talavera de la Reina) to the Anas (Guadiana) river.Between 28-24 BC Augustus' military campaigns pacified all Hispania under Roman rule, with the foundation of Roman cities like Asturica Augusta (Astorga) and Bracara Augusta (Braga) to the north, and to the south Emerita Augusta (Mérida) (settled with the emeriti of the Legio V Alaudae and Legio X Gemina legions).Between the time of Augustus and Claudius, the province was divided into three conventus iuridicus, territorial units presided by capital cities with a court of justice and joint Roman/indigenous people assemblies (conventus), that counseled the Governor:Conventus Emeritensis, with capital in Emerita Augusta (Mérida, Spain)Conventus Scalabitanus, with capital in Scalabis Iulia (Santarém, Portugal)Conventus Pacensis, with capital in Pax Iulia (Beja, Portugal)The conventus ruled of a total of 46 populis, 5 being Roman colonies[11] (Emerita Augusta (Mérida, Spain), Pax Iulia (Beja), Scalabis (Santarém), Norba Caesarina and Metellinum). Felicitas Iulia Olisipo (Lisbon) was a Roman law municipality) and 3 other towns had the old Latin status[12] (Ebora (Évora), Myrtilis Iulia (Mértola) and Salacia (Alcácer do Sal). The other 37 were of stipendiarii class, among which Aeminium (Coimbra), Balsa (Tavira), or Mirobriga (Santiago do Cacém). Other cities include Ossonoba (Faro), Cetobriga (Tróia, Setúbal), Collippo (Leiria) or Arabriga (Alenquer).Division under Diocletian[edit]Under Diocletian, Lusitania kept its borders and was ruled by a praeses, later by a consularis; finally, in 298 AD, it was united with the other provinces to form the Diocesis Hispaniarum ("Diocese of the Hispanias").Governors[edit]Marcus Salvius Otho Caesar Augustus Governor from 58 to 68[13]Catellius Celer 75/76-77/78[14]Gaius Calpurnius Flaccus 119/120-120/121Gaius Oppius Sabinus Julius Nepos Manlius Vibius Sollemnis Severus (under Hadrian)Lucius Roscius Maecius Celer Postumus Mamilianus Vergilius Staberianus (under Hadrian)Gaius Javolenus Calvinus Germinius Kapito Cornelius Pollio Squilla Quintus Vulkacius Scuppidius Verus c. 138Vettius Agorius Praetextatus (4th century)Coloniae and Municipia[edit]Colonia Metellinum (Medellín, Badajoz)Colonia Norba Caesarina (Cáceres)Colonia Augusta Emerita (Mérida), provincial capital.Colonia Civitas Pacensis (Beja, Portugal)Colonia Scalabis Praesidium Iulium (Santarém, Portugal)Municipium Caesarobriga (Talavera de la Reina, Toledo)Municipium Augustobriga (Talavera la Vieja, Cáceres)Municipium Aeminium (Coimbra, Portugal)Municipium Conímbriga (Condeixa-a-Nova, Portugal)Municipium Salmantica (Salamanca)Municipium Caurium (Coria, Cáceres)Municipium Turgalium (Trujillo, Cáceres)Municipium Capara (Cáparra, Cáceres)Municipium Olisipo (Lisboa, Portugal)Municipium Egitandiorum (Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal)Municipium Regina Turdulorum (Casas de Reina, Badajoz)Municipium Lacobriga (Lagos, Portugal)Notable Lusitanians[edit]ViriathusGaius Appuleius DioclesPortuguese use of the name[edit]As with the Roman names of many European countries, Lusitania was and is often used as an alternative name for Portugal, especially in formal and literary or poetic contexts. The 16th century colony that would develop into Brazil was named Nova Lusitânia ("New Lusitania") [after being named Vera Cruz] In common use are such terms as Lusophone, meaning Portuguese-speaking, and Lusitanic, referring to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries—once Portugal's colonies and presently independent countries still sharing some common heritage.In popular culture[edit]In the second book in the science fiction novels comprising the Ender's Game series, titled Speaker for the Dead, the inhabitants of the colony have named their new planet Lusitania. It is explained in the book that it was named for the historical people and territory in Portugal, which the inhabitants are descended from.In the Japanese series of fantasy novels The Heroic Legend of Arslan, by Yoshiki Tanaka, Lusitania stands as the name of a fictional monotheistic country that directly references our Christian Medieval Europe.See also[edit]Ancient Rome portalPortugal portalSpain portalLusitaniansLusitanian mythologyLusitanian languageEmerita AugustaOphiussaPortugalHistory of PortugalTimeline of Portuguese historySpainHistory of SpainTimeline of Spanish historyPre-Roman peoples of the Iberian PeninsulaRomanization of HispaniaBalsa (Roman town)References[edit]^ Jump up to: a b c Garcia, José Manuel (1989). História de Portugal: Uma Visão Global. Lisboa: Editorial Presença. pp. 32, 33, 38. ISBN 9722309897.Jump up ^ Alan W. Ertl (2008). Toward an Understanding of Europe: A Political Economic Précis of Continental Integration. Universal-Publishers. ISBN 9781599429830. Retrieved 2012-08-12.Jump up ^ Room, Adrian (2006). Placenames of the World. McFarland Inc. p. 228. ISBN 9780786422487.Jump up ^ "Chapter XII, Section I: The History of the Celtes". An Universal History from the Earliest Account of Time. VI. London: T. Osborne, A. Millar, and J. Osborn. 1747. p. 22. Retrieved 18 October 2015.Jump up ^ Piers, Henry (1786) [1682]. "No. IV: A Dissertation concerning the ancient Irish Laws, &c., Part II". In Vallancey, Charles. Collectanea de Rebus Hibernicis. 1 (2nd ed.). Dublin: Luke White. p. 279. Retrieved 18 October 2015.Jump up ^ O'Brien, John (1768). Focalóir gaoidhilge-sax-bhéarla, or An Irish-English dictionary. Nicolas-Francis Valleyre. p. 464. Retrieved 18 October 2015.Jump up ^ Strabo, Geography, Book III, Chapter 4, paragraph 20Jump up ^ "Ethnographic Map of Pre-Roman Iberia (circa 200 b". Retrieved 2010-08-03.Jump up ^ "Strabo.Geography". Retrieved 2010-08-03.Jump up ^ Suetonius, Cae, 18; Appian, BH, 102; Plut, Cae., 12; Dio, 37 & 52, 153-154, Valleius Patraculus, II, 52-5; Antonio Santosuosso, Storming the Heavans: Soldiers, Emperors, and Civilians in the Roman Empire (London: Pilmico/Random House, 2011), p. 57-58; Casey Simpson, “Caesar or Rex?” (Honors thesis, Ball State University, 2004); Stephen Dando-Collins, Legions of Rome (New York: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, 2010), pp. 28, 61-63; CAH, both editionsJump up ^ [1]Jump up ^ Bowman, Alan K; Champlin, Edward; Lintott, Andrew (1996-02-08). "The Cambridge Ancient History". ISBN 9780521264303.Jump up ^ Suetonius. The Twelve Caesars. Penguin. pp. 255–262. ISBN 978-0-14-045516-8.Jump up ^ Unless otherwise noted, the governors from 75 to the end of Hadrian's reign are taken from Werner Eck, "Jahres- und Provinzialfasten der senatorischen Statthalter von 69/70 bis 138/139", Chiron, 12 (1982), pp. 281-362; 13 (1983), pp. 147-237.An etymological lexicon of Proto-CelticExternal links[edit]Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lusitania.Wikisource has the text of the 1920 Encyclopedia Americana article Lusitania.Lusitania, Dictionary of Greek and Roman GeographyDetailed map of the Pre-Roman Peoples of Iberia (around 200 BC)Southern Star Article: Crewman's strange foreboding of disaster[show] v t eProvinces of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent (117 AD)[show] v t eLate Roman provinces (4th–7th centuries AD)Coordinates: 38.7689°N 7.2181°W

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