The Balearic Islands, located off the coast of Spain, were occupied by the Romans beginning in 123 BCE. Under Roman occupation, the islands saw the replacement of the indigenous Talayotic style infrastructure was replaced with Roman-style settlements. Like many provinces, the complexity of the assimilation of the Islands into a Roman province is often simplified to the idea of Romanization. In this paper, I examine how the Roman occupation of the Balearics impacted the indigenous population both economically and culturally. To create a holistic study I use archaeological data, ceramics remains from Roman cities on the Islands, and written accounts of the Islands from Roman period authors, like Strabo and Livy. I argue that the Roman occupation while leading to economic changes on the Islands, did not mean the erasure of the indigenous culture.


Navarro-Farr, Olivia

Second Advisor

Shaya, Josephine


Archaeology; Classical Studies


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology


ceramics, trade, Balearic Islands, Romanization, Rome

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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