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Becoming Roman: The Origins of Provincial Civilization in Gaul Paperback – July 31, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0521789820 ISBN-10: 0521789826
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"[Woolf] has, however, produced a study that any serious student of the ancient world must read, and that is without question the best book on the western provinces written this decade." Michael Kulikowski, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Woolf's book is a significant contribution to the discusison of Romanization and well worthy of attention." Ernst KÜnzl, Classical World

"It is a essential read for those scholars interested in the cultural change undergone by the provincials of first-century Gaul." J. Kent Gregory, Religious Studies Review

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This book is a study of the processes conventionally termed Romanization through an analysis of the experience of Roman rule over the Gallic province of the empire in the period 200 BC--AD 300. It examines how and why Gallo-Roman civilization emerged from the confrontation between the iron-age cultures of Gaul and the civilization we call classical. It develops an original synthesis and argument that will form a bridge between the disciplines of classics and archaeology and will be of interest to all students of cultural change.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521789826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521789820
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerome S. on May 4, 2013
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This is a rare product because it is frustratingly difficult to find English sources on Roman Gaul. Here, we finally get a book that is not ridiculously priced and where the Romanization of Gaul, the civilization of Gaul under Rome and even how it was like to be a Roman in Roman Gaul are explained. If anybody knows any other such decent sources on Roman Gaul (in English) please do tell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles I. Jarowski on November 2, 2012
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This is an excellent, detailed description of how ancient tribes of Southern Gaul adopted Roman ways and culture and ultimately become Roman. Caesar formed some of his divisions from these newly Romanized people. He was thus able to conquer all of Gaul.
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While I enjoyed the content of this book I found that the editing could have been better. I found myself rereading a lot of sentences not because the thought being expressed was difficult but because they were just worded awkwardly. Some points are made ponderously. Other times I thought, that's an interesting point, and wished for more, but the author decided to move on without elaborating. The choice of topics covered in the book was great (religion, economics, architecture, city creation, what it meant to 'become Roman' and the blending of two cultures) just wish it had been better written. I often use the bibliography to find other similar books to read but this book is 10-15 years old so will probably look elsewhere.
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By D. MCDONALD on April 9, 2015
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Well written. Used it for a class
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