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Sicily from Aeneas to AugustusNew Approaches in Archaeology and History$
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Christopher J. Smith and John Serrati

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748613670

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613670.001.0001

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Between Greece and Italy: an external perspective on culture in Roman Sicily

Between Greece and Italy: an external perspective on culture in Roman Sicily

(p.161) 12 Between Greece and Italy: an external perspective on culture in Roman Sicily
Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus

Kathryn Lomas

Edinburgh University Press

Acculturation is an increasingly important strand in scholarship on the ancient world, and one that is vital to the understanding of its history. Communities do not, by and large, have a single, monolithic identity. One of the crucial factors in evaluating cultural identities and cultural change is the heterogeneous nature both of the expression of these identities and of the viewpoints they represent. The complexity lies in a combination of the diversity of Sicily's heritage of culture and the process of colonisation to which the island was exposed. The main focus of this chapter is on the relationship of culture between Greece and Rome in hellenistic and early imperial Sicily, and its place in the context of the wider pattern of Hellenism in the western Mediterranean.

Keywords:   acculturation, communities, monolithic identity, cultural change, Sicily, culture, colonisation, Greece, Rome, Hellenism

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