An Archaeology of Identity: Soldiers and Society in Late Roman Britain

An Archaeology of Identity: Soldiers and Society in Late Roman Britain

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by Andrew Gardner
     
 

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What happened to Roman soldiers in Britain during the decline of the empire in the 4th and 5th centuries? More than a question of military history, this is the starting point for Andrew Gardner’s incisive sociological exploration of identity in Roman Britain, in the Roman Empire, and in ancient society.See more details below

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What happened to Roman soldiers in Britain during the decline of the empire in the 4th and 5th centuries? More than a question of military history, this is the starting point for Andrew Gardner’s incisive sociological exploration of identity in Roman Britain, in the Roman Empire, and in ancient society.

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"Identity in Roman Britain was not simple and it was not set in stone. One notable example was that of the Roman soldier during the decline of the Empire in the fourth and fifth centuries. As lines of authority collapsed and he became less and less relevant, the Roman solider had a number of available options, including withdrawing, defecting to another armed force, or going native. Gardner (archaeology of the Roman Empire, University College, London) makes good use of the theories of Giddens and others to examine how people create and maintain their identities in terms of nationality, gender, class and ethnicity. He then compares these theories to practice as expressed by portable and architectural material culture and texts. The result is quite different than we expected about the fates of these complex identities and serves as a model for more comparisons of identity with artifacts." —Book News, Inc.

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ISBN-13:
9781598742268
Publisher:
Left Coast Press
Publication date:
08/15/2007
Series:
University College London Institute of Archaeology Publications
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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