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In this book, Louise Revell examines questions of Roman imperialism and Roman ethnic identity and explores Roman imperialism as a lived experience based around the paradox of similarity and difference. Her case studies of public architecture in several urban settings provides an understanding of the ways in which urbanism, the emperor and religion were part of the daily encounters of the peoples in these communities. Revell applies the ideas of agency and practice in her examination of the structures that held the empire together and how they were implicated within repeated daily activities. Rather than offering a homogenized “ideal type” description of Roman cultural identity, she uses these structures as a way to understand how these encounters differed between communities and within communities, thus producing a more nuanced interpretation of what it was to be Roman. Bringing an innovative approach to the problem of Romanization, Revell breaks from traditional models and cuts across a number of entrenched debates such as arguments about the imposition of Roman culture or resistance to Roman rule.Read more
- Breaks from the traditional models and cuts across a number of entrenched debates
- New approach to public architecture in the provinces including detailed case studies
- Extended discussion of Roman identity and Roman imperialism
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'… Revell produces a convincing argument of how the shared ideology of being Roman is there, how it gets local responses and how it can be studied through the material world.' De novis libris iudicia
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- Date Published: October 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521174732
- length: 240 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.33kg
- contains: 48 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The context of the argument
2. Living the urban ideal
3. The Roman emperor
4. Addressing the divine
5. A question of status
6. Being Roman.
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