Legions and locals : Roman provincial communities and their trophy monuments

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Title: Legions and locals : Roman provincial communities and their trophy monuments
Author: Ibarra, Alvaro
Abstract: This study considers five Roman trophy monuments in the context of global versus local culture in the provinces : the Sullan trophy at Chaeroneia , Pompey’s trophy at Panissars , Octavian’s campsite memorial at Nikopolis , Augustus’s Alpine trophy at La Turbie , and Trajan’s Dacian trophy at Adamklissi . Each trophy represents a unique case study of an identifiable Roman form and tradition deemed appropriate for /by a provincial community . These individualized characteristics imply localized negotiation of imperial or global ideas—specifically , a non -Roman’s ability to manipulate Roman concepts emanating from the capital and /or the desire for Romans to these ideas to appeal to a provincial audience . My study of these trophies uncovers a widespread phenomenon that contradicts the assumption that culture was dictated from the center to the periphery , from the elite to the non -elite and from the urban to the rural in the Roman Empire . This dissertation is a response to Simon Keay’s and Nicola Terrenato’s lamentation over the lack of comparative analysis for these recent theories and Andrew Wallace -Hadrill’s challenge to concretize definitions of Romanization . In fact , I demonstrate how these five Roman trophies featured themes legible to a broad audience in the ancient world and specialized narratives that catered to the local scene . Altogether , these case studies represent compelling examples of a much more dynamic kind of Romanization than current scholarship admits .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /6904
Date: 2010-02-05

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Legions and locals : Roman provincial communities and their trophy monuments. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /6904 .

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