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Romans and Foreigners

Evangelos Chrysos

in Fifty Years of Prosopography

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262924
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262924.003.0009

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Romans and Foreigners

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It seems that a serious approach to the status of foreigners and the Byzantines'attitude towards them should now begin with a proper definition drawn from other disciplines, such as sociology and social anthropology. this chapter tries to estimate the political and legal dimensions of Romanness (Romanitas) in the meaning of citizenship vs. the status of the non-Roman in his relationship towards the empire. But since Romanitas is not only a political and legal but in particular a social and cultural reality, and since the levels are not always clearly distinguished, the discussion also refers to what form is the social and cultural identity of Roman vs. foreigner.

Keywords: Rome; cultural identity; prosopographic research; Roman empire; citizenship

Chapter.  9709 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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