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Imperialism, Power, and IdentityExperiencing the Roman Empire$
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David J. Mattingly

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691160177

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691160177.001.0001

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Identity and Discrepancy

Identity and Discrepancy

(p.203) Chapter Eight Identity and Discrepancy
Imperialism, Power, and Identity

David J. Mattingly

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores aspects of identity in the Roman provinces, with an emphasis on examples from Britain and North Africa. The first section reviews current approaches to identity and related problems (including a reprise of some of the difficulties with the Romanization paradigm). The second section explains the notions of “discrepant experience” of empire and the existence of “discrepant identities” within provincial communities. The third and fourth sections illustrate this theme with reference to two provincial areas: Britannia and Tripolitana. In exploring issues like religion and the epigraphic habit, the chapter attempts to identify distinct communities that utilized culture in very different ways one from the other.

Keywords:   Roman provinces, Roman Empire, imperialism, identity, Britain, North Africa, Britannia, Tripolitana

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