A Bioarchaeological Study of Violence in the Roman World

Authored by: Rebecca Redfern

The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  December  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415842198
eBook ISBN: 9781315883366
Adobe ISBN: 9781134677979

10.4324/9781315883366.ch11

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Abstract

From Antiquarian times to the present day, studies of the Roman world have often concentrated on the violent aspects of this civilization. This is a consequence of the military and imperial background of many nineteenth-and twentieth-century scholars, the focus of fieldwork upon military structures, and until the shift in archaeological discourse to Processualism, the majority of textbooks focused on the civilizing effects of conquest on “barbarian” peoples (Gosden 2006; Hingley 2000; James 2001, 2002).

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