Rome and Baetica: Urbanization in Southern Spain, c.50 BC-AD 150

Rome and Baetica: Urbanization in Southern Spain, c.50 BC-AD 150

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By (author) A.T. Fear

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 225mm x 24mm | 513g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019815027X
  • ISBN 13: 9780198150275
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 3 maps

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This book examines the development of urban units and their relationship to the adoption of Roman cultural forms in the province of Baetica (roughly modern Andalusia) in the Early Imperial period. Its starting point is a general examination of the notion of 'Romanization' followed by a discussion of whether a positivistic interpretation of this concept can be inferred from the development of various sorts of towns found in the province. The nature, implications, extent, and results of Vespasian's Latinitas in the Iberian peninsula are discussed in depth in this respect. The material remains of the province are also examined to see what light they can cast on the problem of 'Romanization'. Finally, the degree to which non-Roman cultural forms persisted in the province is discussed with the implications that this may have for the cultural dynamics of the region. The conclusions attempt to draw together the results of these analyses and suggest that Roman Imperialism is best seen through a model which envisages the creation of new synthetic cultural forms rather than through the traditional model of Romanization and resistance.

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an important new contribution in this field ...this is a valuable addition to the current debate about the impact of Rome in Iberia. Simon Keay, The Classical Review His assessment of Latin law is worth serious thought, while his conclusions on provincial diversity are unquestionable ... the general orientation of the book is fine ... it will be useful to all those who try to improve our understanding of provincial urbanization in Roman times Patrick Le Roux, Journal of Roman Studies An important contribution to understanding ancient urbanization ... Fear's thesis ... bears serious consideration. He writes clearly and argues strongly; for nonspecialists he translates all foreign words and quotations. He also provides three exellent maps and a good bibliography. Recommended for readers at all levels. Choice F. has produced an impressive compilation of material and has marshaled it to support and illustrate in detail a thesis of non-intentionality in the Romanization process in southern Spain. Bryn Mawr Classical Review Well researched and keenly and unrelentingly argued...Fear's book is a mine of infomration for the specialist. American Historical Review

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This book examines the development of urban units and their relationship to the adoption of Roman cultural forms in the province of Baetica (roughly modern Andalusia) in the Early Imperial Period. Its starting point is a general examination of the notion of 'Romanization' followed by a discussion of whether a positivistic interpretation of this concept can be inferred from the development of various sorts of towns found in the province. The nature, implications, extent, and results of Vespasian's Latinitas in the Iberian peninsula are discussed in depth in this respect. The material remains of the province are also examined to see what light they can cast on the problem of 'Romanization'. Finally, the degree to which non-Roman cultural forms persisted in the province is discussed with the implications that this may have had for the cultural dynamics of the region. The conclusions attempt to draw together the results of these analyses and suggest that Roman Imperialism is best seen through a model which envisages the creation of new synthetic cultural forms rather than through the traditional model of Romanization.