N. J. Andrade, Syrian Identity in the Greco-Roman World

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Nathanael J. Andrade, Syrian Identity in the Greco-Roman World, Cambrige, New York, 2013.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
Collection : Greek culture in the Roman world
441 pages
ISBN : 9781107012059
£70.00

By engaging with recent developments in the study of empires, this book examines how inhabitants of Roman imperial Syria reinvented expressions and experiences of Greek, Roman and Syrian identification. It demonstrates how the organization of Greek communities and a peer polity network extending citizenship to ethnic Syrians generated new semiotic frameworks for the performance of Greekness and Syrianness. Within these, Syria's inhabitants reoriented and interwove idioms of diverse cultural origins, including those from the Near East, to express Greek, Roman and Syrian identifications in innovative and complex ways. While exploring a vast array of written and material sources, the book thus posits that Greekness and Syrianness were constantly shifting and transforming categories, and it critiques many assumptions that govern how scholars of antiquity often conceive of Roman imperial Greek identity, ethnicity and culture in the Roman Near East, and processes of 'hybridity' or similar concepts.

Nathanael J. Andrade is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Oregon.

Table des matières

List of figures page
List of maps
Preface and technical notes
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations

Introduction

PART I GREEK POLEIS AND THE SYRIAN ETHNOS (SECOND CENTURY BCE TO FIRST CENTURY CE)
1 Antiochus IV and the limits of Greekness under the Seleucids (175–63 bce)
2 The theater of the frontier: local performance, Roman rule (63–31 bce)
3 Converging paths: Syrian Greeks of the Roman Near East (31 bce–73 ce)

PART II GREEK COLLECTIVES IN SYRIA (FIRST TO THIRD CENTURIES CE)
4 The Syrian ethnos' Greek cities: dispositions and hegemonies (first to third centuries ce)
5 Cities of imperial frontiers (first to third centuries ce)
6 Hadrian and Palmyra: contrasting visions of Greekness (first to third centuries ce)
7 Dura-Europos: changing paradigms for civic Greekness

PART III IMITATION GREEKS: BEING GREEK AND BEING OTHER (SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES CE)
8 Greeks write Syria: performance and the signification of Greekness
9 The theater of empire: Lucian, cultural performance, and Roman rule
10 Syria writes back: Lucian's On the Syrian Goddess
11 The ascendency of Syrian Greekness and Romanness

Conclusion: a world restored
Bibliography
Index

 

Source : Cambridge University Press

 

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