Imperialism, Power, and Identity

Experiencing the Roman Empire
Princeton University Press
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  • erschienen am 1. Januar 2014
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  • 376 Seiten
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Despite what history has taught us about imperialism's destructive effects on colonial societies, many classicists continue to emphasize disproportionately the civilizing and assimilative nature of the Roman Empire and to hold a generally favorable view of Rome's impact on its subject peoples. Imperialism, Power, and Identity boldly challenges this view using insights from postcolonial studies of modern empires to offer a more nuanced understanding of Roman imperialism.

Rejecting outdated notions about Romanization, David Mattingly focuses instead on the concept of identity to reveal a Roman society made up of far-flung populations whose experience of empire varied enormously. He examines the nature of power in Rome and the means by which the Roman state exploited the natural, mercantile, and human resources within its frontiers. Mattingly draws on his own archaeological work in Britain, Jordan, and North Africa and covers a broad range of topics, including sexual relations and violence; census-taking and taxation; mining and pollution; land and labor; and art and iconography. He shows how the lives of those under Rome's dominion were challenged, enhanced, or destroyed by the empire's power, and in doing so he redefines the meaning and significance of Rome in today's debates about globalization, power, and empire.

Imperialism, Power, and Identity advances a new agenda for classical studies, one that views Roman rule from the perspective of the ruled and not just the rulers.

In a new preface, Mattingly reflects on some of the reactions prompted by the initial publication of the book.

With a New preface by the author
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  • 14 line illus. 15 tables. 17 maps., 17 s/w Abbildungen
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David J. Mattingly With a new preface by the author
List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xiii
Foreword by R. Bruce Hitchner xv
Preface: My Roman Empire xvii
Preface to the Paperback Edition xxv

Part One: Imperialisms and Colonialisms
Chapter 1: From Imperium to Imperialism: Writing the Roman Empire 3
Chapter 2: From One Colonialism to Another: Imperialism and the Maghreb 43

Part Two: Power
Chapter 3: Regime Change, Resistance, and Reconstruction: Imperialism Ancient and Modern 75
Chapter 4: Power, Sex, and Empire 94

Part Three: Resources
Chapter 5: Ruling Regions, Exploiting Resources 125
Chapter 6: Landscapes of Imperialism. Africa: A Landscape of Opportunity? 146
Chapter 7: Metals and Metalla: A Roman Copper-Mining Landscape in the Wadi Faynan, Jordan 167

Part Four: Identity
Chapter 8: Identity and Discrepancy 203
Chapter 9: Family Values: Art and Power at Ghirza in the Libyan Pre-desert 246

Afterword: Empire Experienced 269
References 277
Index 325

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