New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1998.
This book is a study of the process conventionally termed 'Romanization' through an investigation of the experience of Rome's Gallic provinces in the late Republic and early empire. Beginning with a rejection of the concept of 'Romanization' it describes the nature of Roman power in Gaul and the Romans' own understanding of these changes. Successive chapters then map the chronology and geography of change and offer new interpretations of urbanism, rural civilization, consumption and cult, before concluding with a synoptic view of Gallo-Roman civilization and of the origins of provincial cultures in general. The work draws on literary and archaeological material to make a contribution to the cultural history of the empire which will be of interest to ancient historians, classical archaeologists and all interested in cultural change.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations viii
On Romanization 1 (23)
Roman power and the Gauls 24 (24)
The civilizing ethos 48 (29)
Mapping cultural change 77 (29)
Urbanizing the Gauls 106 (36)
The culture of the countryside 142 (27)
Consuming Rome 169 (37)
Keeping faith? 206 (32)
Being Roman in Gaul 238 (12)
List of works cited 250 (40)