Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire

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Overview

This provocative and often controversial volume examines concepts of ethnicity, citizenship and nationhood, to determine what constituted cultural identity in the Roman Empire. The contributors draw together the most recent research and use diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives from archaeology, classical studies and ancient history to challenge our basic assumptions of Romanization and how parts of Europe became incorporated into a Roman culture.
Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire breaks new ground, arguing that the idea of a unified and easily defined Roman culture is over-simplistic, and offering alternative theories and models. This well-documented and timely book presents cultural identity throughout the Roman empire as a complex and diverse issue, far removed from the previous notion of a dichotomy between the Roman invaders and the Barbarian conquered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415241496
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/23/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Laurence is a Lecturer in the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. He is the author of The Roads of Roman Italy: Mobility and Cultural Change (Routledge 1999) and Roman Pompeii: Space and Society (Routledge 1994). Joanne Berry is Rome scholar in Italian studies at the British School at Rome. Her research interests are Pompeii, artefact assemblages and the Roman house.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Cohors: the governor and his entourage in the self-image of the Roman Republic 10
3 Punic persistence: colonialism and cultural identities in Roman Sardinia 25
4 Constructing the self and the other in Cyrenaica 49
5 Roman imperialism and the city in Italy 64
6 Landscape and cultural identity in Roman Britain 79
7 Territory, ethnonyms and geography: the construction of identity in Roman Italy 95
8 Romancing the Celts: a segmentary approach to acculturation 111
9 A spirit of improvement? marble and the culture of Roman Britain 125
10 Material culture and Roman identity: the spatial layout of Pompeian houses and the problem of ethnicity 156
11 Negotiating identity and status: the gladiators of Roman Nimes 179
Index 196
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