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Globalisation and the Roman World
World History, Connectivity and Material Culture


Martin Pitts, Miguel John Versluys, Richard Hingley, Neville Morley, Ray Laurence, Francesco Trifilò, Elena Isayev, Michael Sommer, Rob Witcher, Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Tamar Hodos
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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107619005

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  • This book explores a new perspective for understanding the Roman world, using connectivity as a major point of departure. Globalisation is apparent in increased flows of objects, people and ideas and in the creation of translocal consciousness in everyday life. Based on these criteria, there is a case for globalisation in the ancient Roman world. Essential for anyone interested in Romanisation, this volume provides the first sustained critical exploration of globalisation theories in Roman archaeology and history. It is written by an international group of scholars who address a broad range of subjects, including Roman imperialism, economics, consumption, urbanism, migration, visual culture and heritage. The contributors explore the implications of understanding material culture in an interconnected Roman world, highlighting several novel directions for future research.

    • Despite wide interest in globalisation and many smaller individual studies, this is the first volume to seriously test the application of theories of globalisation in Roman archaeology and history - it is sure to become the standard reference for this topic
    • The contributors are all established scholars at the top of their fields, from Roman archaeology and history to global history and globalisation studies
    • Suggests conclusions promising future lines of inquiry that will be essential reading for the next generation of scholarships on topics such as Romanisation, imperialism and material culture
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    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107619005
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introductions:
    1. Globalisations and the Roman world: perspectives and opportunities Martin Pitts and Miguel John Versluys
    2. Postcolonial and global Rome: the genealogy of empire Richard Hingley
    Part II. Case Studies:
    3. Globalisation and the Roman economy Neville Morley
    4. Globalisation, circulation and mass consumption in the Roman world Martin Pitts
    5. The global and the local in the Roman Empire: connectivity and mobility from an urban perspective Ray Laurence and Francesco Trifilò
    6. Polybius' global moment and human mobility throughout ancient Italy Elena Isayev
    7. Roman visual material culture as globalising koine Miguel John Versluys
    8. Oikoymenh: longue durée perspectives on ancient Mediterranean globality Michael Sommer
    9. Globalisation and Roman cultural heritage Rob Witcher
    Part III. Perspectives:
    10. Ancient Rome and globalisation: decentering Rome Jan Nederveen Pieterse
    11. Global, local and in between: connectivity and the Mediterranean Tamar Hodos.

  • Editors

    Martin Pitts, University of Exeter
    Martin Pitts is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. Specialising in the quantitative analysis of consumption patterns, his research addresses the origins of mass consumption and the role of artefacts in large-scale historical processes and how such processes impacted on local cultural practices. Although his focus is on the northwestern Roman Empire, he has also published on consumption in the seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth centuries. He is co-author, with Dominic Perring, of Alien Cities: Consumption and the Origins of Urbanism in Roman Britain. He has published articles in the American Journal of Archaeology, the European Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Britannia, and the Journal of World-Systems Research.

    Miguel John Versluys, Universiteit Leiden
    Miguel John Versluys is Associate Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Leiden. In 2010, he obtained a Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research to build his own research group, Cultural Innovation in a Globalising Society: Egypt in the Roman World. In 2011, he was a guest professor at Université de Toulouse II, Le Mirail. In 2013, he received the Zenobia Essay Prize. His main research interest is cultural interaction in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean. He has published many articles in international journals and is the author of several books, including Egyptian Gods in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean: Image and Reality between Local and Global (2012).


    Martin Pitts, Miguel John Versluys, Richard Hingley, Neville Morley, Ray Laurence, Francesco Trifilò, Elena Isayev, Michael Sommer, Rob Witcher, Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Tamar Hodos

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