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The Edges of the Roman World

The Edges of the Roman World is a volume consisting of seventeen papers dealing with different approaches to cultural changes that occurred in the context of Roman imperial politics. Papers are mainly focused on societies on the fringes, both social and geographical, and their response to Roman Imperialism. This volume is not a textbook, but rather a collection of different approaches which address the same problem of Roman Imperialism in local contexts. The volume is greatly inspired by the first “Imperialism and Identities at the Edges of the Roman World” conference, held at the Petnica Science Center in 2012.


Marko A. Janković is Research Associate at the Archaeological Collection, Department of Archaeology at Belgrade University. His work is focused upon provincial archaeology and Roman imperialism in local contexts. He is especially interested in everyday life and its role in cultural changes of Balkan populations. His most recent publications include “Social role of Roman baths in Moesia Superior” in Archaeology of Water Supply (2010); Constructing Identities in the Roman Dalmatia: Gladiators of Salona and their Social Status (2011; in Serbian); and The Theodor Mommsen’s Concept of Romanization and its Role in the Constitution of the Classical Archaeologies of the Western Balkans (2013; in Serbian).

Vladimir D. Mihajlović is a Teaching Assistant at the Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Novi Sad where he works with the courses of archaeology. He is a PhD candidate at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Belgrade, and a participant in the project “The region of Vojvodina in the context of European history”. His research interests include socio-cultural interactions between local communities and the Roman Empire in the central Balkans, Roman provincial archaeology of the same area, Roman theoretical archaeology, and reception/usage of the past in modern contexts.

Staša Babić is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Belgrade, and a member of the Center for Theoretical Archaeology of the Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade. Research interests include classical archaeology of Greece, reception of antiquity, theoretical archaeology and the history of archaeology. Dr Babić’s publications include Poglavarstvo i polis. Starije gvozdeno doba centralnog Balkana i grčki svet [Chiefdom and Polis. Early Iron Age of the Central Balkans and the Greek world] (2004); The Archaeology of Identity: Approaches to Gender, Age, Status, Ethnicity and Religion (with co-authors M. Diaz-Andreu, S. Lucy, and D. N. Edwards, 2005) and Grci i drugi. Antička percepcija i percepcija antike [Greeks and the Others. Ancient Perceptions and Perceptions of Antiquity] (2008). Dr Babić is currently working on a book on processes of knowledge transfer in archaeology.

"The authors are of different academic levels, from professors to postgraduate students, and discuss the material culture of select marginal communities and the social processes within these communities, comparing them with the social processes observed for the Roman state in general. This book thus offers a wide range of theoretical, archaeological and epigraphic studies of regions spanning from Asia Minor to Gaul and from northern Africa to Britain."

—Anja Ragolič, Arheološki Vestnik 66 (2015)

"Far too little research has been undertaken on communities living at the extremities of the Roman Empire, and it is perhaps not surprising to see that many of the new generation of scholars who are moving in this direction are based in Universities which are, themselves, at the western extremities of what was once the Roman world. This is an important development – it is sometimes suggested that the critique of ‘Romanization’ which has dominated provincial archaeology for the last twenty years has been an insular (British) obsession, and that the conversation which my generation of archaeologists opened up with post-colonial theory and globalization studies is a conversation that is over. The Petnica conference – and the papers collected here – indicate that the opposite is true. This is not to say that these concepts were employed uncritically (because often they were not): but the most innovative papers, as will be clear from this volume, have creatively adapted current thinking to fit their own geographical and thematic concerns."

—Jane Webster, Newcastle University

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ISBN: 1-4438-5899-4

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-5899-1

Release Date: 16th June 2014

Pages: 305

Price: £49.99

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