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    Stage settings for a connected scene.

    Globalization and material-culture studies in the early first-millennium B.C.E. Mediterranean


    Hodos, T, 2014, ‘Stage settings for a connected scene.: Globalization and material-culture studies in the early first-millennium B.C.E. Mediterranean’. Archaeological Dialogues, vol 21., pp. 24-30


    Miguel John Versluys has produced a stimulating and thought-provoking
    agenda to reinvigorate study of the Roman world, with its myriad social,
    political and economic connections between Rome and the diverse cultures
    and communities that fell within and beyond the boundaries of its empire.
    He teases out the explicitly anti-colonial nature in recent decades of
    specifically Anglo-Saxon discussions of Rome and its empire in response to
    ∗Tamar Hodos, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol. Email: Downloaded: 29 May 2014 IP address:
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    Romanization. He also sets these particular understandings of what it meant
    to live within that empire in a comparative context with other scholarly
    traditions that engage with Roman studies. He advocates both globalization
    theories and material-culture perspectives to reconsider aspects addressed
    by Romanization as a means of pushing the discussion beyond Romans
    and Natives, where ultimately it still lingers in the guise of much more
    recent perspectives, which emphasize imperialism. The critical evaluation of
    Romanization of the 1990s in the Anglo-Saxon tradition was not a unique
    process for Anglo-Saxon scholarship engaged in study of colonizing cultures,
    however. Parallels can be seen in contemporary Anglo-Saxon scholarship of
    the Greek world as well. Does this mean that the potential Versluys sees
    for Roman studies in the marriage of globalization and material-culture
    approaches can apply to Greek studies too?

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