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FREE READ ´ The Barbarians Speak How the Conuered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe FREE READ Í DUGISITS.CO.ZA ´ Peter S. Wells He archaeological remains of the Iron Age Here Peter Wells brings together information that has belonged to the realm of specialists and enables the general reader to share in the excitement of rediscovering a lost people In so doing he is the first to marshal material evidence in a broad scale examination of the response by the Celts and Germans to the Roman presence in their landsThe recent discovery of large pre Roman settlements throughout central and western Europe has only begun to show just how complex native European societies were before the conuest Remnants of walls bone fragments pottery jewelry and coins tell much about such activities as farming trade and religious ritual in their communities; objects found. Author makes a valiant attempt to combine archeology scant written records linguistics postcolonial theory to peer through the fog of history and deduce the impact of contact and conuest between the Romans and native continental Europeans While falling short in my opinion the author raises important uestions and makes several enlightened points Sometimes hard to follow and dry with little personality

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FREE READ ´ The Barbarians Speak How the Conuered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe FREE READ Í DUGISITS.CO.ZA ´ Peter S. Wells At gravesites shed light on the richly varied lives of individuals Wells explains that the presence—or absence—of Roman influence among these artifacts reveals a range of attitudes toward Rome at particular times from enthusiastic acceptance among urban elites to creative resistance among rural inhabitants In fascinating detail Wells shows that these societies did grow cosmopolitan under Roman occupation but that the people were much than passive beneficiaries; in many cases they helped determine the outcomes of Roman military and political initiatives This book is at once a provocative alternative reading of Roman history and a catalyst for overturning long standing assumptions about nonliterate and indigenous societi. Book Description from comThe Barbarians Speak re creates the story of Europe s indigenous people who were nearly stricken from historical memory even as they adopted and transformed aspects of Roman culture The Celts and Germans inhabiting temperate Europe before the arrival of the Romans left no written record of their lives and were often dismissed as barbarians by the Romans who conuered them Accounts by Julius Caesar and a handful of other Roman and Greek writers would lead us to think that prior to contact with the Romans European natives had much simpler political systems smaller settlements no evolving social identities and that they practiced human sacrifice A accurate sophisticated picture of the indigenous people emerges however from the archaeological remains of the Iron Age Here Peter Wells brings together information that has belonged to the realm of specialists and enables the general reader to share in the excitement of rediscovering a lost people In so doing he is the first to marshal material evidence in a broad scale examination of the response by the Celts and Germans to the Roman presence in their landsThe recent discovery of large pre Roman settlements throughout central and western Europe has only begun to show just how complex native European societies were before the conuest Remnants of walls bone fragments pottery jewelry and coins tell much about such activities as farming trade and religious ritual in their communities objects found at gravesites shed light on the richly varied lives of individuals Wells explains that the presence or absence of Roman influence among these artifacts reveals a range of attitudes toward Rome at particular times from enthusiastic acceptance among urban elites to creative resistance among rural inhabitants In fascinating detail Wells shows that these societies did grow cosmopolitan under Roman occupation but that the people were much than passive beneficiaries in many cases they helped determine the outcomes of Roman military and political initiatives This book is at once a provocative alternative reading of Roman history and a catalyst for overturning long standing assumptions about nonliterate and indigenous societies

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FREE READ ´ The Barbarians Speak How the Conuered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe FREE READ Í DUGISITS.CO.ZA ´ Peter S. Wells The Barbarians Speak re creates the story of Europe's indigenous people who were nearly stricken from historical memory even as they adopted and transformed aspects of Roman culture The Celts and Germans inhabiting temperate Europe before the arrival of the Romans left no written record of their lives and were often dismissed as barbarians by the Romans who conuered them Accounts by Julius Caesar and a handful of other Roman and Greek writers would lead us to think that prior to contact with the Romans European natives had much simpler political systems smaller settlements no evolving social identities and that they practiced human sacrifice A accurate sophisticated picture of the indigenous people emerges however from t. The fundamental problem with most of ancient history is that the vast bulk of everyone involved left no records behind There are bright spots and sometimes stories that were later written down but sometimes even those iffy sources are missingWe have some idea of the cultural landscape of central Europe from the first century BC on thanks to Roman records about the barbarians but there are no native records to combat Roman bias and prejudice The Barbarians Speak by Peter Wells is a reassessment of what central Europe was like from about 100 BC to AD 300 based on over a half century of archaeology and modern cultural anthropology It is also kept to a tightly constrained scope looking mostly at the border regions of the Empire along the Rhine and Danube with some study of what has been found in the interior of modern day Germany and into the Jutland peninsula While the conuest of Gaul is very important in the structure of events the bulk of provincial Gaul is not considered in the book This isn t polished history but rather a first step of synthesizing general trends from a large mass of dataA number of traditional conceits come up for reexamination Rome did not conuer an area and then turn the inhabitants into proper Roman citizens over the course of the next few generations Most areas were not incorporated into any sort of Roman administration for at least a generation and then the higher stratas of society started adopting Roman practices while rural areas show no real change at all until much later by which time urban native society is re emphasizing local traditional practices and artThe book has a nice section on a few different new styles of pottery forms and decoration that emerged during the third century I find it interesting that most of them can be described in terms of Roman provinces for their geographic spread and wonder if any of the nationalistic forces that seem to be cropping up in this period are in the line of provincial regionalismA running theme of the book is settlement patterns Settlements in Germany start out as simple single farms and then move towards larger centralized patterns during the first century BC There are signs of disruption around the time of the conuest of Gaul but it is worth repeating that Wells points out that it can be hard to date many sites as most rural populations had no contact with Roman goods making early Roman period finds look just like pre Roman ones This difficulty is made worse by the fact that Roman and Pre Roman archaeology are separate disciplines who don t talk to each other as much as is neededBy the late first century AD there is a pattern of even larger settlements that traded luxury goods from the Romans presumably in return for cattle meat hides and other everyday goods not well recorded in Roman sources During the fourth century as the Roman border erodes and it is noted that there is no sign of wide spread destruction of Roman forts and bases that would be expected from how Roman writers talk about the invasions of the later Western Empire settlements end up going back to the pre empire pattern of settlement Which argues that there were indeed large scale cultural dislocations instead of the society continued much as before model that this same author was arguing for in Barbarians to Angels The Dark Ages Reconsidered In all it is a good starting point for understanding where scholarship in this subject is going and worth reading from that perspective It may even be a good starting point for further broad discussion for those specialists But if you re wanting lots of substance it isn t here there s just too many unknowns

  • Paperback
  • 352
  • The Barbarians Speak How the Conuered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe
  • Peter S. Wells
  • English
  • 03 January 2020
  • 9780691089782