Ethnic Identity and Imperial Power: The Batavians in the Early Roman Empire

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Amsterdam University Press, 2004 - 277 pagina's
This probing case study examines the evolution of the ethnic identity of the Batavians, a lower Rhineland tribe in the western marches of the Roman Empire. Drawing on extensive historical and archaeological data, Nico Roymans examines how between 50 BCE and 70 CE, the Romans cultivated the Batavians as an ethnic "other" by intensively recruiting them to the Roman army while simultaneously carrying out extermination campaigns against other tribes in the region. Roymans also considers how the status of the Batavian settlement reveals intriguing insights into Roman definitions of "civilization" and "barbarism." Ethnic Identity and Imperial Power is a fascinating anthropological study on how ancient frontier peoples negotiated their self-image.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

1 Research aims central concepts and perspectives
1
2 Social change in the Late Iron Age Lower Rhine region
9
3 Caesars conquest and the ethnic reshuffling of the Lower Rhine frontier zone
23
4 The gold triskeles coinages of the Eburones
31
5 Roman frontier politics and the formation of a Batavian polity
55
6 The Lower Rhine triquetrum coinages and the formation of a Batavian polity
67
7 KesselLith A Late Iron Age central place in the RhineMeuse delta
103
8 The political and institutional structure of the preFlavian civitas Batavorum
195
9 Foederis Romani monumenta Public memorials of the alliance with Rome
211
10 Image and selfimage of the Batavians
221
11 Hercules and the construction of a Batavian identity in the context of the Roman empire
235
12 Conclusion and epilogue
251
Abbreviations
261
General index
275

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Over de auteur (2004)

Nico Roymans is professor of archaeology at the Free University of Amsterdam.

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