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Rome's Cultural Revolution
     

Rome's Cultural Revolution

by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
 

ISBN-10: 0521721601

ISBN-13: 9780521721608

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The period of Rome's imperial expansion, the late Republic and early Empire, saw transformations of its society, culture and identity. Drawing equally on archaeological and literary evidence, this book offers an original and provocative interpretation of these changes. Moving from recent debates about colonialism and cultural identity, both in the Roman world and

Overview

The period of Rome's imperial expansion, the late Republic and early Empire, saw transformations of its society, culture and identity. Drawing equally on archaeological and literary evidence, this book offers an original and provocative interpretation of these changes. Moving from recent debates about colonialism and cultural identity, both in the Roman world and more broadly, and challenging the traditional picture of 'Romanization' and 'Hellenization', it offers instead a model of overlapping cultural identities in dialogue with one another. It attributes a central role to cultural change in the process of redefinition of Roman identity, represented politically by the crisis of the Republican system and the establishment of the new Augustan order. Whether or not it is right to see these changes as 'revolutionary', they involve a profound transformation of Roman life and identity, one that lies at the heart of understanding the nature of the Roman Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521721608
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
526
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Cultures and Identities: 1. Culture, power and identity; 2. Dress, language and identity; Part II. Building Identities: 3. Roman Italy: between Roman, Greek and local; 4. Vitruvius: building Roman identity; Part III. Knowledge and Power: 5. Knowing the ancestors; 6. Knowing the city; Part IV. The Consumer Revolution: 7. Luxury and the consumer revolution; 8. Waves of fashion; Epilogue: a cultural revolution?

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