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Becoming Roman: The Origins of Provincial Civilization in Gaul
by Greg Woolf
This book studies the processes conventionally termed "Romanization" through an analysis of the experience of Roman rule over the Gallic province of the empire in the period 200 BC-AD 300. It examines how and why Gallo-Roman civilization emerged from the confrontation between the iron-age cultures of Gaul and the civilization we call classical. It develops an original synt ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published July 27th 2000 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1998)
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What was Gallic culture like before the Romans came, saw, and conquered? Actually, was there a Gaul to begin with, or was that a Roman idea? Once they arrived -- and they did, surely -- what aspects of Gallic culture changed? How did the culture change, and why? Was Roman culture forced on the natives, was it adopted by prgamatic go-getters for the advantages that it offered? For that matter, what do we mean by Roman culture? Woolf's exhaustive study of written and archaeological evidence sets o ...more