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Title: Led across the Danube : interactions between Rome and the Danubian-Pontic peoples in the first two centuries AD
Author: Kemp, Joanna
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis explores perceptions of the Danubian-Pontic regions in the first two centuries AD and how Rome interacted with the communities of the regions. These areas cannot be assigned simply to an east versus west dicotomy. In Roman texts, the notions of kingship held by the different inhabitants in these regions are displayed differently, with varying degrees of centralised rule or tribes. Thus, the regions lend themselves to study comparisons between how the Roman State viewed and presented different communities, and how it interacted with them, from waging wars to friendly interactions depending on time and circumstance. Therefore, comparisons can also be made between how diplomacy and the military were used in dealing with these communities, and how this affected Rome's presentation of them, and these people's reactions to Rome. It investigates how different types of evidence could affect how the peoples of the region were presented. An examination of 'geographical literature' demonstrates how past ideas about peoples could remain, even as contact increased. However, this was often due to the agenda of individual authors and literary topoi. Consideration of how monumental artwork was experienced shows that the messages which the audiences took away about the world were not universal. Military interactions changed how the peoples on the edges of the world were presented. It will be examined how people from the Danubian-Pontic regions would interact with new surroundings to form new identities when removed from their homeland. Diplomatic contacts and how the Roman state would use the language and practices of amicitia when dealing with the peoples of this region will also be investigated. It will also ask how important Rome was to the communities of the Danubian-Pontic regions, how they reacted to the neighbouring empire, and how integrated these communities could become into the Roman world.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: D051 Ancient History ; DG Italy