"Imitation Greeks": Being Syrian in the Greco-Roman World (175 BCE--275 CE).

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Because of their relevance to the modern world, the topics of ethnicity, cultural performance, and civic affiliation are central issues of the current scholarship on the ancient Near East. My dissertation therefore analyzes the formation of Greek civic performances among Syrians within the contexts of Greek colonialism and Roman imperialism. By examining how the Near East's inhabitants reinvented concepts of Greek, Roman, and Syrian identification by interweaving the traditions of these cultures, it demonstrates how the development of Greek communities that had extended citizenship to ethnic Syrians generated a qthird space.q Within this symbolic framework, local subjects reoriented idioms of diverse cultural origins in ways that produced innovative expressions of Greekness and Romanness.The problem was that it had so many competing buyers.290 As governor of Cilicia in 51, Cicero had to intervene in a similar ... to avoid being prosecuted for crimes in North Africa: urbem venalem et mature perituram si emptorem invenerit (this city is for sale, ... Similarly, at the city of Tyana, whose origins dated to the second millennium BCE, the local Greek civic council ... 206-09, n. 40. The inscription indicates that Ariobarzanes had patronized the city and its cult to Astarte, a Syriananbsp;...

Title:"Imitation Greeks": Being Syrian in the Greco-Roman World (175 BCE--275 CE).
Author:Nathanael John Andrade
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009


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