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Globalization and Roman Culture: unity, diversity and empire. 1. The past in the present The changing past. The power of the past. A discourse of Western domination. The potential of archaeological research. Anachronism. 2. Changing concepts of Roman identity and social change Classical inheritances. Civilization. Barbarity. Interpreting Romanization in the context of Western culture. Modernist Romanization. Critical assessment. Native reactions. The ghost of modernism. Reintroducing power relations. Re-constructing Roman Culture in a global context. 3. Roman imperialism and culture Defining Roman elite culture. Culture. Roman culture. Writing about elite culture. Barbarians. The opportunity of conquest. Civilizing missions? Classical education. Elite culture as imperial discourses. 4. The material elements of elite culture Projecting Roman elite identity. Dress and appearance. Creating urban space. Creating domestic space. Standardized developments? 5. Fragmenting identities Spreading Roman culture? Soldiers. 'The empire writes back'. 'Discrepant experiences' in the landscape. Consuming Culture. Pottery and consumption. The limits of connectivity. 6. 'Back to the future'? Empire and Rome. Enabling and imposing.

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Specialist in Roman studies, with a particular focus upon Roman imperialism and the context of Roman research. Lecturer in Roman archaeology at the University of Durham. Author of Roman Officers and English Gentleman (Routledge 2000) and Images of Rome (Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2001).


'A valuable addition to the scholarly literature.' - BMCR

'The explicit recognition of the complex relationship between past and present is one of the book's many strengths... a sophisticated and nuanced picture of 'Roman' identities... this book will do much to set the tone for a new generation of studies of the Roman World.' - Britannia

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