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The Southern Levant during the first centuries of Roman rule (64 BCE-135 CE)


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Acknowledgements Preface 1. Romanisation(s) in global times 1.1 The Romanisation debate 1.2 Globalisation and the Roman world 1.3 Identity and ethnicity 1.4 Archaeological approaches toward ethnicity 1.5 Roman ethnicities 1.6 Integration and prejudices 1.7 Common ancestors 1.8 Globalising attitudes 2. A melting pot of different peoples 2.1 The Galilee 2.2 The history of the region since the Assyrian rule (8th century BCE) 2.3 Who were the Galileans? 2.3.1 Epigraphic sources 2.4 A clear identity? 2.5 Between autonomy and integration 3. The Arabs in Southern Levant 3.1 The Ituraeans 3.2 The Nabataeans 3.3 The multiple Arab identities 4. The Decapolis: a Greek island? 4.1 Decapolis and Coele Syria 4.2 The cities 4.3 Canatha/Qanawat 4.4 Adraha/Deraa 4.5 The 'phantom cities': Raphana and Dion 4.6 Hippos/Sussita 4.7 Gadara/Umm Qais 4.8 Capitolias/Beit Ras 4.9 Abila/Quwailibah 4.10 Scythopolis/Beth-Shean 4.11 Pella/Tabaqat Fahl 4.12 Gerasa/Jerash 4.13 Philadelphia/Amman 4.14 Urban development 4.15 The nature of the Decapolis Cities 4.16 The spread of spectacles buildings 5. Conclusions Bibliography


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