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Roman Palmyra: Identity, Community, and State Formation

Andrew M. Smith II


In social, economic, and cultural terms, the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire was vastly complex, and it has fueled considerable debate among scholars concerning the nature of the interactions between Romans and natives in the Near East. Notions of imperialism, specifically “cultural” imperialism, frame much of the debate. Through a detailed analysis of Palmyrene identity and community formation, this book presents a social and political history of Roman Palmyra, the oasis city situated deep in the Syrian Desert midway between Damascus and the Euphrates river. This city-state is unique in ... More

Keywords: Roman Empire, Near East, imperialism, palmyrene identity, community formation, Roman Palmyra, city-state, communal development, sedentarization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199861101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew M. Smith II, author
The George Washington University