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Between Greece and Italy: an external perspective on culture in Roman Sicily

Kathryn Lomas

in Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780748613670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748650996 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613670.003.0012
Between Greece and Italy: an external perspective on culture in Roman Sicily

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Acculturation is an increasingly important strand in scholarship on the ancient world, and one that is vital to the understanding of its history. Communities do not, by and large, have a single, monolithic identity. One of the crucial factors in evaluating cultural identities and cultural change is the heterogeneous nature both of the expression of these identities and of the viewpoints they represent. The complexity lies in a combination of the diversity of Sicily's heritage of culture and the process of colonisation to which the island was exposed. The main focus of this chapter is on the relationship of culture between Greece and Rome in hellenistic and early imperial Sicily, and its place in the context of the wider pattern of Hellenism in the western Mediterranean.

Keywords: acculturation; communities; monolithic identity; cultural change; Sicily; culture; colonisation; Greece; Rome; Hellenism

Chapter.  6352 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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