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Post-colonial Rome, and beyond: religion, power and identity

Gardner, A; (2021) Post-colonial Rome, and beyond: religion, power and identity. Revista de Historiografía (RevHisto) , 36 pp. 309-320. 10.20318/revhisto.2021.6561. Green open access

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Abstract

Roman archaeology is one of the major sub-fields of archaeology in which post-colonial theory has flourished, and not just in relation to the role of the past in the present, but also as a mode of approaching the interpretation of the Roman world itself. North Africa was an important region of focus for some of the earliest post-colonial research on the Roman empire, and subsequently has been an arena of investigation for scholars influenced by the Anglophone debate on post-colonial theory, which developed from the 1980s, and particularly in the 1990s, often with a focus on Roman Britain. Religion is both a key source of evidence and an obviously important theme in understanding cultural change, interaction, and power, and so it has likewise been of interest to scholars from within and without the region. In this chapter, I give an overview of the work of some of the influential Roman archaeologists working within the post-colonial tradition. I also consider the complex intersections of ancient and modern, and of Britain and North Africa, found in this work, and evaluate the impact this tradition of thought continues to have on Roman archaeology going forward.

Type: Article
Title: Post-colonial Rome, and beyond: religion, power and identity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.20318/revhisto.2021.6561
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.20318/revhisto.2021.6561
Language: English
Additional information: Esta obra está bajo licencia internacional Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObrasDerivadas 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
Keywords: Agency, creolization, deconstruction, discrepancy, hybridity, post-colonial, subaltern
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138443
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