- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 20mm | 558g
- Publication date: 31 October 2008
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521887305
- ISBN 13: 9780521887304
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: 48 b/w illus.
In this book, Revell examines questions of 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 provide an understanding of how urbanism, the emperor and religion were part of the daily encounters of 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 homogenised 'ideal type' description of Roman cultural identity, she uses these structures as a way to understand how encounters differed between communities, thus producing a more nuanced interpretation of what it was to be Roman. Bringing an innovative approach to the problem of Romanisation, Revell breaks from traditional models, cutting across a number of entrenched debates such as arguments about the imposition of Roman culture or resistance to Roman rule.
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A scholar of Roman architecture and Latin epigraphy, Louise Revell is Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.
'... 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
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.