Origin of the nameThe etymology of the name of the (who gave the Roman province their name) remains unclear. Popular etymology connected the name to a supposed Roman demigod , whereas some early-modern scholars suggested that ''Lus'' was a form of the Celtic followed by another (unattested) root ''*tan-'', supposed to mean "tribe", while others derived the name from ''Lucis'', an ancient people mentioned in Avienus' ''Ora Maritima'' (4th century AD) and from ''tan'' ( in ), 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. Ancient Romans, such as ('' ''
LusitaniansThe Lusitani, who were Indo-European speakers, established themselves in the region in the 6th century BC, but s and s are still undecided about their . Some modern authors consider them to be an indigenous people who were Celticized culturally and possibly also through intermarriage. The archeologist Scarlat Lambrino defended the position that the Lusitanians were a tribal group of Celtic origin related to the (a tribe that inhabited the east of ). Some have claimed that both tribes came from the Swiss mountains. Others argue that the evidence points to the Lusitanians being a native Iberian tribe, resulting from intermarriage between different local tribes. The first area colonized by the Lusitani was probably the valley and the region of Beira Alta (present day Portugal); in Beira, they stayed until they defeated the and other tribes, then they expanded to cover a territory that reached Estremadura Province (historical), Estremadura before the arrival of the s.
War against RomeThe Lusitani are mentioned for the first time in (218 BC) and are described as fighting for the s; they are reported as fighting against Rome in 194 BC, sometimes allied with Celtiberian tribes. In 179 BC, the '' '' Lucius Postumius Albinus celebrated a over the Lusitani, but in 155 BC, on the command of Punicus (Πουνίκου, perhaps a Carthaginian) first and Cesarus (Καίσαρος) after, the Lusitani reached . Here they were defeated by the ''praetor'' . From 152 BC onwards, the Roman Republic had difficulties in recruiting soldiers for the wars in Hispania, deemed particularly brutal. In 150 BC, 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 , 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 led a successful campaign against the Lusitani, reaching as far north as the . Romans scored other victories with '' '' Decimus Junius Brutus Callaicus and (elected in 113 BC), but still the Lusitani resisted with a long guerilla war; they later joined ' (a renegade Roman General) troops (around 80 BC) and conducted a successful campaign against them in 61-60 BC, but they were not finally defeated until the reign of (around 28-24 BC).
Division under Augustus (25–20 BC)With Lusitania (and and ), Rome had completed the conquest of the , which was then divided by (25–20 BC or 16-13 BC) into the eastern and northern , the southwestern '' '' 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, Spain, Astorga) and Bracara Augusta (Braga) to the north, and to the south (Mérida, Spain, Mérida) (settled with the emeriti of the Legio V Alaudae and Legio X Gemina Roman legion, legions). Between the time of 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 (Mérida, Spain, Mérida, ) *Conventus Scalabitanus, with capital in Scalabis, Scalabis Iulia (Santarém, Portugal, Santarém, ) *Conventus Pacensis, with capital in Pax Julia, Pax Iulia (Beja (Portugal), Beja, ) The ''conventus'' ruled of a total of 46 populis, 5 being Colonia (Roman), Roman colonies ( (Mérida, Spain, Mérida, ), Pax Iulia (Beja (Portugal), Beja), Scalabis (Santarém, Portugal, Santarém), Norba Caesarina and Metellinum). Felicitas Iulia Olisipo (Lisbon, which was a Roman law municipality) and 3 other towns had the old Latin status (Ebora (Évora), Myrtilis Iulia (Mértola) and Salacia (Alcácer do Sal). The other 37 were of ''stipendiarii'' class, among which Aeminium (Coimbra), Balsa (Roman town), Balsa (Tavira), or Miróbriga, Mirobriga (Santiago do Cacém). Other cities include Ossonoba (Roman city), Ossonoba (Faro, Portugal, Faro), Cetobriga (Tróia, Setúbal), Collippo (Leiria) or Arabriga (Roman city), Arabriga (Alenquer Municipality, Portugal, Alenquer).
Division under DiocletianUnder 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'' ("Roman diocese, Diocese of the Hispanias").
Governors* Quintus Acutius Faienanus, ''legatus Augusti pro praetore'' between 19 and 1 BC. * Gaius Ummidius Durmius Quadratus, c. 37 * Lucius Calventius Vetus Carminius, ''legatus Augusti pro praetore'' 44-45 * Otho, Marcus Salvius Otho Caesar Augustus Governor 58-68 * Gaius Catellius Celer 75/76-77/78Unless 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 (journal), Chiron'', 12 (1982), pp. 281-362; 13 (1983), pp. 147-237. * ? Gaius Calpurnius Flaccus 119/120-120/121 * Gaius Oppius Sabinus Julius Nepos Manius Vibius Sollemnis Severus (under Hadrian) * Lucius Roscius Maecius Celer Postumus Mamilianus Vergilius Staberianus (under Hadrian) * Gaius Javolenus Calvinus (between 138 and 140)Géza Alföldy, ''Konsulat und Senatorenstand unter der Antoninen'' (Bonn: Rudolf Habelt Verlag, 1977), p. 256 * Aulus Avillius Urinatius Quadratus c.151-c.154 * ? Cornelius Repentinus c. 185 - c. 188Leunissen, ''Konsuln und Konsulare'', p. 290 * Publius Septimius Geta (brother of Septimius Severus), Publius Septimius Geta c. 188 - c. 191Paul Leunissen, ''Konsuln und Konsulare in der Zeit von Commodus bis Severus Alexander'' (Amsterdam: J.C. Gieben, 1989), p. 289 * Gaius Caesonius Macer Rufinianus 193/194 - 197 * Gaius Junius Faustinus [Pl]a[cidus] Postumianus c. 197 - c. 200 * Decimus Jun[ius? ...] Coelianus between 198 and 209 * Sextus Furnius Julianus c. 211 * Rutilius Pudens Crispinus around 225 - 227. * Vettius Agorius Praetextatus (4th century)
''Coloniae'' and ''Municipia''* ''Colonia Metellinum'' (Medellín (Badajoz), Medellín, Badajoz) * ''Colonia Norba Caesarina'' (Cáceres (province), Cáceres) * ''Colonia Emerita Augusta, Augusta Emerita'' (Merida (Spain), Mérida), provincial capital. * ''Colonia Pax Julia, Civitas Pacensis'' (Beja (Portugal), Beja, Portugal) * ''Colonia Scalabis Praesidium Iulium'' (Santarém, Portugal, Santarém, Portugal) * ''Municipium Caesarobriga'' (Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, Spain, Toledo) * ''Municipium Talavera la Vieja, Augustobriga'' (Talavera la Vieja, Cáceres (province), Cáceres) * ''Municipium Aeminium'' (Coimbra, Portugal) * ''Municipium Conímbriga'' (Condeixa-a-Nova, Portugal) * ''Municipium Salmantica'' (Salamanca) * ''Municipium Caurium'' (Coria, Cáceres, Coria, Cáceres) * ''Municipium Turgalium'' (Trujillo (Cáceres), Trujillo, Cáceres) * ''Municipium Cáparra, Capara'' (Cáparra, Cáceres) * ''Municipium Olisipo'' (Lisboa, Portugal) * ''Municipium Egitania, Egitandiorum'' (Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal) * ''Municipium Regina Turdulorum'' (Casas de Reina, Badajoz) * ''Municipium Lacobriga'' (Lagos, Portugal)
Notable Lusitanians* *Gaius Appuleius Diocles
Legacy of the nameAs with the Roman names of many European countries, ''Lusitania'' was and is often used as an alternative name for , especially in formal or literary and poetic contexts. The 16th-century colony that would eventually become Brazil was initially founded as "New Lusitania". In common use are such terms as Lusophone, meaning Portuguese-speaking, and Lusitanic, referring to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries—once Portuguese Empire, Portugal's colonies and presently independent countries still sharing some common heritage. Prior to his French invasion of Portugal, invasion in 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte proposed the establishment of a French-backed puppet Kingdom of Northern Lusitania as one of the successor states to Portugal under the assumption that such a campaign would result in an easy French victory. The province was also the namesake of the North Atlantic ocean liner RMS Lusitania, RMS ''Lusitania'' infamous for being torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915. The ship’s owners the Cunard Line commonly named their vessels after Roman provinces with the ''Lusitania'' so being called after the Roman Iberian province to the north of the Strait of Gibraltar while her sister ship RMS Mauretania, RMS ''Mauretania'' was named after the Roman North African province on the south side of the strait.
See also*Lusitanians *Lusitanian mythology *Lusitanian language *National Archaeology Museum (Portugal) * *Ophiussa * *History of Portugal *Timeline of Portuguese history * *History of Spain *Timeline of Spanish history *Pre-Roman peoples of the Iberian Peninsula *Romanization of Hispania *Balsa (Roman town)