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Roman PalmyraIdentity, Community, and State Formation$
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Andrew M. Smith II

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199861101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861101.001.0001

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Retrospect and Broader Implications

Retrospect and Broader Implications

(p.182) 8 Retrospect and Broader Implications
Roman Palmyra

Andrew M. Smith II

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a summary of the preceding discussions. Through almost three centuries the Palmyrenes, whether at home or abroad, never lost their cultural integrity and distinctiveness. In fact, Palmyra represents a rare example of a tribal society that embodied the integration of city and countryside. While the Romans provided a context for the urbanization of Palmyra in a distinctively Mediterranean style, the Palmyrenes themselves initiated and promoted a new and unique communal identity. Cultural influence from the east also had an impact on Palmyra’s communal development. The chapter also discusses how this study contributed broadly to scholarship in Palmyrene, Near Eastern, and frontier studies.

Keywords:   palmyra, palmyrenes, Romans, culture, communal development

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