Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Eastern Provinces of the Roman Empire, Archaeology of the

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1439

Introduction

The eastern provinces of the Roman Empire were those situated in the regions of Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Syria and Palestine, Northwest Arabia, and Egypt. This large swathe of territory had long been contested by past empires (Egyptian, Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian, Hittite, Persian, Macedonian) and fragmented into a number of rival kingdoms during the Hellenistic period. The Roman East is a study in diversity; the landscapes, ethnicities, cultural norms, and historical traditions vary widely. Much recent work in Roman archaeology explores the interaction between Rome and her subject populations, measuring how Roman power and culture were experienced and expressed in local contexts. Given its multicultural and multiethnic composition, the eastern provinces offer a number of compelling case studies relevant not only to the study of Roman archaeology but archaeology as a global discipline.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Art and Art HistoryUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA