Living Fluidly: Uses and Meanings of Water in Asia Minor (Second Century BCE - Second Century CE)

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Living Fluidly: Uses and Meanings of Water in Asia Minor (Second Century BCE - Second Century CE)
Weiss, Cecelia Feldman (creator)
Alcock, Susan (Director)
Harmansah, ?m?r (Director)
Cherry, John (Reader)
Bonde, Sheila (Reader)
Bodel, John (Reader)
Brown University. Archaeology and the Ancient World (sponsor)
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Roman water management technologies were readily adopted in the Roman provinces, and the profligate use of water in urban space is often cited as a hallmark of ?Roman? cities throughout the empire. To date, however, scholarship on water use in the Roman world has tended not to interrogate the ways in which the adoption of new technologies may (or may not) have had implications in the varying, yet interconnected, dimensions of social life. Using a variety of archaeological, art historical, literary and epigraphic material, in this dissertation I undertake a more holistic study of water in the cities in Asia Minor during the transition from the Hellenistic to the Roman imperial period (approximately second century BCE to second century CE). Examination of the uses and meanings of water in political, economic, and religious contexts, and in relation to the geopolitical shifts and technological developments that accompanied Roman imperial expansion, offers insight into the impact ? or lack of impact ? of the formal imperial enterprise on the organization of systems of civic water management. This dissertation addresses a variety of strategies for water use ? from large-scale hydraulic provision in the civic sphere, to the emphasis on local water sources for craft production and ritual practice ? indicating that bigger, more elaborate, ?Roman? technological solutions were not always preferred. There is no doubt that the presence of Roman imperial administration and technological developments altered conditions of life in the provinces. However, this dissertation?s synthetic approach ? tracing water?s many uses and meanings, interconnections and divergences, and their impact on social life ? offers a unique opportunity to investigate more subtle, nuanced, and local negotiations of relationships to Roman technological innovation and political organization.
Roman imperialism
water management technology
ancient economy
Asia Minor
Thesis (Ph.D. -- Brown University (2011)
xvi, 309 p.


Weiss, Cecelia Feldman, "Living Fluidly: Uses and Meanings of Water in Asia Minor (Second Century BCE - Second Century CE)" (2011). Graduate Research Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.