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Written Space in the Latin West, 200 BC to AD 300
     

Written Space in the Latin West, 200 BC to AD 300

by Gareth Sears
 

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This volume explores the creation of 'written spaces' through the accretion of monumental inscriptions and non-official graffiti in the Latin-speaking West between c.200 BC and AD 300. The shift to an epigraphic culture demonstrates new mentalities regarding the use of language, the relationship between local elites and the population, and between local elites and the

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This volume explores the creation of 'written spaces' through the accretion of monumental inscriptions and non-official graffiti in the Latin-speaking West between c.200 BC and AD 300. The shift to an epigraphic culture demonstrates new mentalities regarding the use of language, the relationship between local elites and the population, and between local elites and the imperial power. The creation of both official and non-official inscriptions is one of the most recognisable facets of the Roman city. The chapters of this book consider why urban populations created these written spaces and how these spaces in turn affected those urban civilisations. They also examine how these inscriptions interacted to create written spaces that could inculcate a sense of 'Roman-ness' into urban populations whilst also acting as a means of differentiating communities from each other. The volume includes new approaches to the study of political entities, social institutions, graffiti and painting, and the differing trajectories of written spaces in the cities of Roman Africa, Italy, Spain and Gaul.

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ISBN-13:
9781441161628
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/18/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
24 MB
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Meet the Author

Gareth Sears is lecturer in Roman History at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Peter Keegan is a Senior Lecturer in Roman History at Macquarie University, Australia.

Ray Laurence is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the University of Kent, UK.
Gareth Sears is a lecturer in Roman History at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research is focused on urbanism, city life and religious change. He is the author of Late Roman African Urbanism and co-author of the forthcoming The City in the Roman West.
Peter Keegan is a lecturer in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Australia. His research interests include Latin epigraphic culture, the history of gender and the body in the Mediterranean world, and Roman historiography. His book Graffiti in Antiquity will be published in 2012.
Ray Laurence is Professor of Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many titles including Pompeii The Living City (with Alex Butterworth) which was awarded the Longman-History Today New Generation Prize 2006.

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