Daunian women

Costume and actions commemorated in stone

Authored by: Camilla Norman

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910


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‘Daunian’ is the name given in ancient Greek and Latin sources to the Iron Age inhabitants of northern Apulia, Italy. Such mentions, however, come centuries after the fact and are few and far between. The Daunians themselves did not take up writing and so what little can be gleaned of their social, political and religious life is wholly reliant upon the material record. We do not know if the Daunians shared a single ethnic identity – indications are that they were a society that developed over the course of the Late Bronze Age as migrants from Illyria merged with the local Italic population – yet it is clear that they held a common and strongly defined sense of cultural identity.

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