The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe

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Overview

"The Barbarians Speak is an important book. It is the first to address the question of Roman-native interaction in Europe from the perspective of anthropological archaeology rather than a historical form of archaeology, which privileges the Roman side of the story."—Peter Bogucki, Princeton University

"This book by Peter Wells has the potential to change the way we look at Europe during the years of the Roman Empire. All historians of the period should read it."—Colin M. Wells, Trinity University

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Editorial Reviews

International History Review
The Barbarians Speak is a book of deep scholarship and high quality. It will bring profitable reading to those interested in the ancient world, and it will prove illuminating to those interested in the complex processes of empires in general.
— Arthur M. Eckstein
American Historical Review
[Wells's] clear prose, excellent illustrations, and numerous maps will give his readers a nuanced picture of the Roman frontiers and the peoples who lived there. And all of this is done without falling back on either Tacitus's or Rousseau's 'no savage,' no mean feat. Wells's barbarians are refreshingly matter of fact.
— Steven Muhlberger
International History Review - Arthur M. Eckstein
The Barbarians Speak is a book of deep scholarship and high quality. It will bring profitable reading to those interested in the ancient world, and it will prove illuminating to those interested in the complex processes of empires in general.
American Historical Review - Steven Muhlberger
[Wells's] clear prose, excellent illustrations, and numerous maps will give his readers a nuanced picture of the Roman frontiers and the peoples who lived there. And all of this is done without falling back on either Tacitus's or Rousseau's 'no savage,' no mean feat. Wells's barbarians are refreshingly matter of fact.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 1999 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Sociology and Anthropology, Association of American Publishers

"The Barbarians Speak is a book of deep scholarship and high quality. It will bring profitable reading to those interested in the ancient world, and it will prove illuminating to those interested in the complex processes of empires in general."—Arthur M. Eckstein, International History Review

"[Wells's] clear prose, excellent illustrations, and numerous maps will give his readers a nuanced picture of the Roman frontiers and the peoples who lived there. And all of this is done without falling back on either Tacitus's or Rousseau's 'no savage,' no mean feat. Wells's barbarians are refreshingly matter of fact."—Steven Muhlberger, American Historical Review

Library Journal
Traditionally, the indigenous peoples of temperate Europe with whom the Romans came in contact--that is, the Celts and the Germans--have been considered barbarians. Classical accounts of these peoples by Julius Caesar, Tacitus, and other Greek and Roman writers presented these nonliterate peoples as inhabitants of a primitive environment lacking the complexities of the Mediterranean world. Wells (anthropology, Univ. of Minnesota; Rural Economy in the Early Iron Age) draws upon current research to challenge this view. For the general reader, he presents research that has been until now largely the preserve of specialists,, revealing that the Celts and the Germans had a more complex material and social culture than previously believed. They were developing cities, for instance, and minting coins, suggesting the presence of a money economy before Roman expansion into the area. This will appeal to students and lay readers with an interest in European history; recommended for academic and larger public libraries.--Robert James Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691089782
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
CHAPTER 1 Natives and Romans 3
CHAPTER 2 Europe before the Roman Conquests 28
CHAPTER 3 Iron Age Urbanization 48
CHAPTER 4 The Roman Conquests 64
CHAPTER 5 Identities and Perceptions 99
CHAPTER 6 Development of the Frontier Zone 122
CHAPTER 7 Persistence of Tradition 148
CHAPTER 8 Town, Country, and Change 171
CHAPTER 9 Transformation into New Societies 187
CHAPTER 10 Impact across die Frontier 224
CHAPTER 11 Conclusion 259
Glossary 267
Greek and Roman Authors 269
Bibliographic Essay 271
Bibliography of Works Cited 287
Index 331

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