The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms
The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms

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The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms


This course was written by Dr Janet Huskinson

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‘Culture Identity and Power in the Roman Empire – Introduction to the Course’, Janet Huskinson, OU, 1999

‘Experiencing Rome – Culture, Identity and Power in the Roman Empire’, Janet Huskinson, OU/Routledge, 2000

Figure 1.1 Mosaic showing Rome and provinces from a house in El Djem, Tunisia. Museum of El Djem, Tunis. (Photo: Gilles Mermet)

Figure 1.2 Detail showing the central figure of Rome, Museum of El Djem, Tunis. (Photo: Gilles Mermet)

Figure 1.3 Detail showing Africa, Museum of El Djem, Tunis. (Photo: Gilles Mermet)

Figure 1.4 Statue of Hadrian from Cyrene, C AD 122. The British Museum. © Trustees of The British Museum

Figure 1.5 Relief of Cyrene crowned by Libya, second century AD, The British Museum. © Trustees of The British Museum

Figure 1.6 © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv. No 88.643, Benjamin Cheney Fund

Figure 1.7 The Gemma Augusta, cameo, first century AD. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Plate 1 From Boardman, J. Griffin J and Murray O. (eds) (1996), ‘The Roman World’, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 126–7, by permission of Oxford University Press

Plate 2 Tombstone of soldier Sextus Valerius genialis, Corinium Museum, Cirencester. © Cotswold District Council, Corinium Museum, used with permission

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