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PAW: Roman Settlers in the Eastern Mediterranean: Comparing Delos and Phrygia
This workshop explores how associations of Roman citizen businessmen and traders employed mechanisms of self-differentiation to claim status, legitimacy, and authority on Delos in the second and first centuries BCE and in Phrygian cities in the first and second centuries CE. It shows that the act of making joint dedications with non-Roman populations was crucial to the Roman associations’ pursuit of power at local levels. On Delos, such interactions involved Athenians; in Phrygia, they involved local boulai and demoi. These interactions were mediated through local and regional histories of violence by Rome and suggest forms of provincial administration that evade easy classification in accordance with the traditional dichotomy of state and non-state actors, and that of colonizer and colonized. This material represents a portion of Ramgopal’s in-progress book, which explores how associations of Roman citizens aimed to maximize their share of material and symbolic resources in non-Roman legal-cultural environments throughout the Roman world.

Mar 26, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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