Monumental Development in Glanum: Evidence for the Early Impact of Rome in Gallia Narbonensis

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Maura K. Heyn, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article challenges the prevailing opinion that the inhabitants of Gallia Transalpina were largely unaffected by Roman hegemony in the late second and early first centuries . The monumental development of the site of Glanum in the late second century shows clearly that the local elite were reacting to, and interacting with, their Roman conquerors. This relationship is not immediately obvious because the style of the architecture dating to the second century is described as Hellenistic rather than Roman. However, I argue that this incongruity should not affect the perception of change in the area. Given the current emphasis in the scholarly literature on the participation of local elites in the process of culture change, what matters is not whether the monuments are ‘Hellenistic’ or ‘Roman’, but rather the motivation and timing of their production.

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Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 19.2 (2006), 171-198
Language: English
Date: 2006
Gallia Narbonensis, Glanum, Romanization, Roman Republic, Hellenistic architecture, Middle Ground

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