Local Knowledge and Microidentities in the Imperial Greek World

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Tim Whitmarsh
Cambridge University Press, Jul 22, 2010 - History - 228 pages
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This volume explores the proposition that the absorption of the Greek world into the Roman empire created a new emphasis upon local identities, much as globalisation in the modern world has done. Localism became the focal point for complex debates: in some cases, it was complementary with imperial objectives, but in others tension can be discerned. The volume as a whole seeks to add texture and nuance to the existing literature on Greek identity, which has tended in recent years to emphasise the umbrella category of the Greek, to the detriment of specific polis and regional identities. It also contributes to the growing literature on the Romanisation of provinces, by emphasising the dialogue between a region's self-identification as a distinct space and its self-awareness as a component of the centrally-governed empire.
  

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Contents

Imperial identities
17
What is local identity? The politics of cultural mapping
46
Roman perceptions of Cretan identity
69
The Ionians of Paphlagonia
86
Ancestry and identity in the Roman empire
111
Herodes Atticus
125
local knowledge and identity politics
163
the local and the global in the GraecoRoman east
189
References
201
Index
225
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About the author (2010)

Tim Whitmarsh is fellow, tutor and E. P. Warren Praelector at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. A specialist in Greek literature and culture of the Roman period, he has written over 50 books and articles on the topic, including Greek Literature and the Roman Empire: The Politics of Imitation (Oxford University Press, 2001) and The Second Sophistic (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He has lectured all over the world, appeared on BBC radio, and written for the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.

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