Some people just are not in luck when it comes to relationships.They get together with one, find out that they are not compatible after a period and then move on.
Such a community is bound together by horizontal relations of reciprocity and cooperation, not by vertical relations of authority and dependency.
Many Latin and Roman colonies, founded on former , show evidence for the presence of Italians, although I argue that these were not official colonists, but had moved in after the foundation of the colony.
Thus colonies served as an important point of contact between Romans and Italians, and played a crucial role in the integration of Republican Italy.
I would like to thank Audrey Bertrand and Yann Rivière for their kind invitation to the round table held at Rome, and their invitation to participate in the publication of the proceedings.
I would also like to thank Ed Bispham and Paul Erdkamp for sharing forthcoming work with me, and the participants of the OIKOS work-in-progress meeting in November 2011 for their comments, especially Olivier Hekster, Wim Jongman, and Onno van Nijf.