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Globalizing Roman Culture: Unity, Diversity and Empire
Romanization has been represented as a simple progression from barbarism to civilization. Roman forms in architecture, coinage, language, and literature came to dominate the world from Britain to Syria. Hingley argues for a more complex and nuanced view in which Roman models provided the means for provincial elites to articulate their own concerns.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 14th 2005 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 2005)
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Hingley's book is a carefully argued piece of work. For me, it was only ok because it would have benefitted a great deal had it brought more of the contemporary literature on globalization to bear on the topic. I see that the author is a classical archaeology specialist; this is evident in the author's approach to the subject. The book would have been more provocative if the author had used a more complex theoretical framework to explore its subject.