Becoming Roman?: Diverging Identities and Experiences in Ancient Northwest Italy

Becoming Roman?: Diverging Identities and Experiences in Ancient Northwest Italy

by Ralph Haeussler

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Few empires had such an impact on the conquered peoples as did the Roman empire, creating social, economic, and cultural changes that erased long-standing differences in material culture, languages, cults, rituals and identities. But even Rome could not create a single unified culture. Individual decisions introduced changes in material culture, identity, and behavior, creating local cultures within the global world of the Roman empire that were neither Roman nor native. The author uses Northwest Italy as an exemplary case as it went from a marginal zone to one of the most flourishing and strongly urbanized regions of Italy, while developing a unique regional culture. This volume will appeal to researchers interested in the Roman Empire, as well as those interested in individual and cultural identity in the past.

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ISBN-13: 9781315433196
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/16/2016
Series: UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 386
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Ralph Haeussler studied Archaeology and Ancient History in Frankfurt/Main and London. He took his M.A. in Archaeology and his Ph.D. at University College London in 1992 and 1997 respectively. He has worked as research assistant and lecturer at the Universities of London, Oxford and Osnabrück. His research focuses on issues of social and cultural change in Italy and the Roman empire. His current research focuses on religious developments in Gaul, Germany and Britain between the Iron Age and the Principate.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: De-Romanising the Roman Empire

1. Conceptualising Processes of Sociocultural Change
2. Discrepant Identities in the Republic
3. The Roman Framework:  Overpowering or Make-believe?   
4. Adapting and Integrating in the Principate   
5. Identity-creation in a Global World   
6. Conclusions: ‘Becoming Roman’ in Northwest Italy? 

Appendix: Site Index
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