This book examines the question of identity in the Roman provinces of the western empire. It takes an innovative approach in looking at the wider discourses or ideologies through which an individual sense of self was learnt and expressed. This wide-ranging survey considers ethnic identity, status, gender and age. Rather than constructing a paradigm of the `ideal' of any specific aspect of personal identity, it looks at some of the wider cultural ideas which were drawn upon in differentiating groups of people and the variability within this. It focusses on the daily and mundane practices of everyday life through which identities were internalised and communicated.
A monograph with such a wide-ranging geographical and temporal scope, and one which presents this material with keen attention to theory ... The book will also be useful for undergraduate and graduate courses about the Roman world. The writing style is accessible and jargon-free. The substantial overlap in archaeological, epigraphic, and historical material will provide reading for fruitful cross-disciplinary discussions. Most importantly, Revell's notion of identity grounded practice will help push the tired discussion of identity towards more innovative research about lived experience and community formation in the Roman world. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 30th June 2008
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.1 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.47