Culture and change in Roman North Africa: Case studies of Lepcis Magna and Thugga [electronic resource].

Jones, Arthur T.
266 p.
History, Ancient.
Classical education.
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Classical Studies. (search)
History, Ancient. (search)
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This study explores the issues surrounding cultural change in two cities of North Africa, Lepcis Magna and Thugga. For over a century, scholars have examined how the Roman provinces “became Roman” and downplayed much local diversity. Recent scholarship has focused on differing perspectives, including the ideas of resistance to “Romanization”, “Romanization” as mainly an elite phenomenon, and creolization. This work builds upon much of the recent work on cultural change by investigating these cities through a framework informed by globalization theory. This posits that one should expect discrepant experiences of culture and, by looking at a location's connectivity, one can trace how a community was exposed to new ideas. Inhabitants of these cities could adapt, adopt, or reject foreign ideas and practices. This dissertation argues that Lepcis and Thugga had hybrid cultures prior to Rome's conquest of North Africa in the late Republic and and that changes in the culture of the cities during the early Empire were a continuation of the process of adapting new ideas to the local culture.
Chapter 1 introduces the issue of studying cultural change in the Roman empire and highlights the benefits of an approach using globalization. Chapter 2 examines Lepcis and Thugga prior to the mid-second century BCE. This chapter sets out the main lenses through which the later periods will be analyzed: the history and political situation of the cities, the monuments, and the ceramic record. This chapter also studies some of the funeral architecture of North Africa to illustrate the variety of customs in the region. Chapter 3 discusses changes that took place in Lepcis and Thugga after the fall of Carthage. Chapters 4 and 5 explore the changes that occurred in the period dating from the late first century BCE through to the early second century CE. With the advent of Rome, the inhabitants of the cities had to adapt to a new political situation and to more contact with culture from Italy. This dissertation illustrates that the culture on display during the Roman period is the result of incremental changes over many centuries.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 74-02(E), Section: A.
Adviser: Campbell Grey.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 2012.
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School code: 0175.
University of Pennsylvania. Ancient History.
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