Social Factors in the Latinization of the Roman West

Social Factors in the Latinization of the Roman West

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No. of pages:384 pages
Size:240x164x24 mm
Weight:785 g
Illustrations: 24 colour and 14 black-and-white illustrations
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This volume provides a collection of chapters written by an multidisciplinary collection of experts on the topic of Latinization in the western part of the Roman Empire. Topics covered include administration, army, economy, law, mobility, religion (local and imperial religions and Christianity), social status, and urbanism.

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This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is free to read on Oxford Academic and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.

Latinization is a strangely overlooked topic. Historians have noted it has been 'taken for granted' and viewed as an unremarkable by-product of 'Romanization', despite its central importance for understanding the Roman provincial world, its life, and languages. This volume aims to fill the gap in our scholarship. Expert contributors have been selected to create a multi-disciplinary volume with a thematic approach to the vast subject, tackling administration, army, economy, law, mobility, religion (local and imperial religions and Christianity), social status, and urbanism. They situate the phenomena of Latinization, literacy, and bi- and multilingualism within local and broader social developments and draw together materials and arguments that have not before been coordinated in a single volume. The result is a comprehensive guide to the topic, which offers original and more experimental work. The sociolinguistic, historical, and archaeological contributions reinforce, expand, and sometimes challenge our vision of Latinization and lay the foundations for future explorations.

This volume will be accompanied by two further volumes from the European Research Council-funded LatinNow project: Latinization, Local Languages, and Literacies in the Roman West, and Languages and Communities in the Late-Roman and Post-Imperial Western Provinces.
Table of Contents:
Social Dimensions of Latinization
Latinization, Citizenship, and the Epigraphic Habit
Cities, Epigraphies, and Latinization: A Sociolinguistic View on the Hispaniae
Latin, Literacy, and the Roman Economy
The Role of the Non-elite in Spreading Latin in Roman Britain
Mobility, Roads, and Milestones: Aspects of the Use of Latin in the Roman Empire
Learning Latin in the Roman Army
The Role of Education in the Latinization of the Roman West
Law and Latinization in Rome's Western Provinces
Religion, Language Maintenance, and Language Shift: Dedications, Cult Places, and Latinization in Roman Gaul
Christianization and Latinization
The Attitude of the Roman Emperors towards Language Practices
Social Factors in Latinization: Perspectives and Future Challenges