Becoming Roman: The Origins of Provincial Civilization in Gaul

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 27, 2000 - History - 316 pages
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This book is a study of the process conventionally termed 'Romanization' through an investigation of the experience of Rome's Gallic provinces in the late Republic and early empire. Beginning with a rejection of the concept of 'Romanization' it describes the nature of Roman power in Gaul and the Romans' own understanding of these changes. Successive chapters then map the chronology and geography of change and offer new interpretations of urbanism, rural civilization, consumption and cult, before concluding with a synoptic view of Gallo-Roman civilization and of the origins of provincial cultures in general. The work draws on literary and archaeological material to make a contribution to the cultural history of the empire which will be of interest to ancient historians, classical archaeologists and all interested in cultural change.

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User Review  - Zacharygs - Goodreads

Generally a good book, but VERY specialized in terms of Gallo-Roman knowledge, and somewhat theoretically unsophisticated in its presentation of imperial domination and the problems of "identity." Read full review


On Romanization
Roman power and the Gauls
The civilizing ethos
Mapping cultural change
Urbanizing the Gauls
The culture of the countryside
Consuming Rome
Keeping faith?
Being Roman in Gaul
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Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Becoming Roman: The Origins of Provincial Civilization in Gaul (1998) and editor of Rome the Cosmopolis (2003).

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