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Interuniversity Poles of Attraction

Phase VI
2007 - 2011

This project is supported by the Belgian Science Policy Office

"Romanization" is an intellectual concept referring to a patchwork of dialectical relationships between the central Roman authority, in its different manifestations, and the myriad of regional communities which, together, made up the structure of the Empire. This project wishes to combine state-of-the-art archaeological and interdisciplinary methods and practices from four different regions within the Empire, with a diachronic perspective, which spans the period from the first intense contacts between Rome and the selected geographical study districts until the time when a supposedly "common" culture thought to have unified the Empire, started to desintegrate. The ultimate aim is to contribute to the different levels of interpretation of the concept of Romanization and to the current debate whether or not the term is apt to describe the multiple and much varied expressions of the above mentioned relationships.

The archaeological partners involved (K.U.Leuven, U.C.Louvain, UGhent, R.U.Leiden) are active in four different countries of the Roman Empire. Other partners provide expertise in several scientific domains: archaeozoology, palaeo-economy, palaeo-ecology (RBINSc), palaeo-botany, geochemistry, seismology, geomorphology and mineralogy (K.U.Leuven) and geophysics (Ljubljana). The holistic approach proposed in the work packages should eventually allow identifying the various characteristics, content, speed, acceptance or rejection, mechanisms and actors behind the label "Romanization" in four different regions of the Empire. This should allow seeing whether this common denominator can still be applied for the dialectic relation between Rome and each of its outlying provinces, how changes occurred, and whether the current perception of the denomination for each region still covers its specific situation throughout the whole chronological study period.


IUAP-IPA VI/22 Report 2010
The Transition from Republic to Empire: The Impact of "Romanization" on Cities and Countryside in Italy and the Provinces (2nd/1st century BC - 2nd/3rd century AD)

The scientific report on the activities of the network during 2010 can be downloaded here

IUAP-IPA VI/22 Ex Post 2010
The IUAP-IPA VI/22 Ex-Post Report 2010 can be downloaded here

IUAP-IPA VI/22 Report 2008
The scientific report on the activities of the network during 2008 can be downloaded here

IUAP-IPA VI/22 Report 2007
The scientific report on the activities of the network during 2007 can be downloaded here

This network is the successor of an IPA V network about urban and rural transformation in late antique and early medieval times, which was sucessfully concluded in 2006. Information about this IPA V network is still available here.
Last update: 13.05.2009