Local Knowledge and Microidentities in the Imperial Greek World

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-09-06
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This volume explores the proposition that the absorption of the Greek world into the Roman empire created a new emphasis upon local identities, much as globalisation in the modern world has done. Localism became the focal point for complex debates: in some cases, it was complementary with imperial objectives, but in others tension can be discerned. The volume as a whole seeks to add texture and nuance to the existing literature on Greek identity, which has tended in recent years to emphasise the umbrella category of the Greek, to the detriment of specific polis and regional identities. It also contributes to the growing literature on the Romanisation of provinces, by emphasising the dialogue between a region's self-identification as a distinct space and its self-awareness as a component of the centrally-governed empire.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Notes on the contributorsp. viii
Editor's notep. x
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Thinking localp. 1
Imperial identitiesp. 17
What is local identity? The politics of cultural mappingp. 46
Europa's sons: Roman perceptions of Cretan identityp. 69
The Ionians of Paphlagoniap. 86
Ancestry and identity in the Roman empirep. 111
Making space for bicultural identity: Herodes Atticus commemorates Regillap. 125
Being Termessian: local knowledge and identity politics in a Pisidian cityp. 163
Afterword: the local and the global in the Graeco-Roman eastp. 189
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 225
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