Becoming Roman: The Origins of Provincial Civilization in Gaul

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 27, 2000 - History - 296 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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Contents

On Romanization
1
Roman power and the Gauls
24
The civilizing ethos
48
Mapping cultural change
77
Urbanizing the Gauls
106
The culture of the countryside
142
Consuming Rome
169
Keeping faith?
206
Being Roman in Gaul
238
List of works cited
250
Index
290
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