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The Roman military base at Dura-Europos, Syria : an archaeological visualisation

Author: Simon James
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019.
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Dura-Europos, a Parthian-ruled Greco-Syrian city, was captured by Rome c. AD165. It then accommodated a Roman garrison until its destruction by Sasanian siege c. AD256. Excavations of the site between the World Wars made sensational discoveries, and with renewed exploration from 1986 to 2011, Dura remains the best-explored city of the Roman East. 0A critical revelation was a sprawling Roman military base occupying a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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James, Simon, 1957-
Roman military base at Dura-Europos, Syria.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1044813224
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon James
ISBN: 9780191061219 0191061212
OCLC Number: 1084757192
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; THE ROMAN MILITARY BASE AT DURA-EUROPOS, SYRIA: An Archaeological Visualization; Copyright; Dedication; PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; SUMMARY; CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; LIST OF TABLE; LIST OF PLATES; LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS; CONVENTIONS; SITE RECORDING: AREA LABELLING SYSTEM; TERMINOLOGY FOR THE SITE, ITS STRUCTURES, FEATURES, AND AREAS; PART I: Perspectives on Dura-Europos; 1: The Big Picture; INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW; THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DURA-EUROPOS; Dura-Europos as a Window on the Hellenistic, Parthian, Roman, and Sasanian Middle East; Dura and the Study of the Roman Military ROMAN BASE AND GARRISON: KEY ASPECTS OF DURA'S LATER HISTORYA Preliminary Sketch of the Base as Excavated; Excavators' Understandings of Base Development and Chronology; Evolving Views on Impact of Garrison and Base; 2: Project Context: Dura Research, Past and Present; REDISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION; Achievements and Limitations of the Yale/French Academy Expedition; Consequences of Methodological Shortcomings for Understanding the Military Base; Post-Excavation History and Legacy of the Yale/French Academy Project; The Franco-Syrian Expedition (MFSED) 1986-2011 3: Developing a New Perspective on Dura's Military BasePROJECT BACKGROUND; OPPRESSION VS CONCORDIA? CONCEPTUALIZING A NEW STUDY OF GARRISON, BASE, AND CITY; REMIT, RESEARCH AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY; Research Aims; Research Objectives, Methods, and Outputs; FORMATION PROCESSES OF SITE AND RECORD: A 'POMPEII OF THE SYRIAN DESERT'?; How Dura Died: Implications for Study of the Military Base; The Portable Artefact Record; THE EVIDENCE: SITE, AND NATURE OF EXCAVATION RECORD; Physical Character of the Site in 2005; Nature of Archive and Publications METHODOLOGY AND EXECUTION: A VISUAL APPROACHThe Course of the Project; Dealing with Remains on Site; Integration of Site and Archival Data; Dealing with the Published and Archival Record; Developing a Visual Approach; The Centrality of Built Space to Human Life; Building the Picture: Cumulative and Probabilistic Argument; 4: Zooming In: Rome, the Middle Euphrates, and Dura; HISTORICAL SETTING: WORLD EMPIRES AND A MODEST CITY; Rome, Parthia, and the Middle Euphrates; Status quo ante: Dura before Rome; Prelude and Annexation; Dura under Rome; The Roman Military Presence: Purpose and Terminology The Chaotic 250s, Destruction and AbandonmentThe Site after the Siege; MATERIAL REALITIES: NATURAL AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT; Nature of the Place: Geology, Topographical Setting, Climate, and Environment; Raw Material for the Base: The Built Fabric of Pre-Roman Dura; Roman-Era Architectural Adaptations and Innovations; PART II: The Base Portrayed; EXTENT OF THE BASE; 5: The Plateau Zone West of G St; THE TEMPLE OF BÊL ('TEMPLE OF THE PALMYRENE GODS' OR 'TEMPLE OF ZEUS') IN J9, AND ITS PLAZA; Discovery, Excavation, Publication, and Naming; Summary Description and History; Temple Plaza
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This volume explores the social dynamics of a Roman military base at Dura-Europos, Syria. Utilizing new evidence, it presents a unique perspective on the impact of the Roman garrison occupation on  Read more...

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