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The dark side of the Empire: Roman expansionism between object agency and predatory regime

Manuel Fernandez-Gotz; Dominik Maschek; Nico Roymans;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Dec 2020
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<jats:p>This debate piece offers a critique of some recent ‘new materialist’ approaches and their application to Roman expansionism, particularly those positing that the study of ‘Romanisation’ should be about ‘understanding objects in motion’—a perspective that carries important political and ethical implications. Here, the authors introduce the alternative notion of a ‘predatory’ political economy for conceptualising Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome. The aim is to illuminate the darker sides of Roman expansionism in order to produce more balanced and inclusive accounts. Two cases studies—the archaeology of the Roman conquest and of rural communities—ill...
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free text keywords: decolonising archaeology, object agency, predatory regime, Roman imperialism, Archaeology, Arts and Humanities(all), General Arts and Humanities, Politics, Expansionism, CONQUEST, Ancient history, Empire roman, Great Rift, History, Romanization, Materialism
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