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Les Cyclades sous l'Empire Romain (Ier s. av. J.-C. - IIIe s. ap. J.-C.) : formes et limites d'une renaissance économique et sociale.

Abstract : The presents thesis describes life in the island societies of the Aegean during the Roman hegemony, and interprets the historical role of the Cyclades within the Roman Empire (1st c. BC-3rd c. AD). The new conditions established by the Roman imperial state could have resulted in a collapse of the socio-political organization of the Late Hellenistic period. However, it is also possible that the islands conditions remained the same, assuring historical continuity and falling within a "long-term” history. The aim of this research is to provide an answer through a thorough investigation of all political, economic, and social transformations of the islands' poleis (rroÀElç). In this framework, the economic decline attested in multiple written sources, as well as the presumed "renaissance" of the 2nd c. AD, are analyzed.Another aspect of this study is related to the influence of insularity upon the history of imperial Cyclades. It is possible that isolation was determinant, resulting in alternative social and economic models. On the contrary, the Archipelago may have been extensively integrated in the same way as all other regions and provinces of the Roman Empire, whose unifying strategy is usually widely underlined.The present thesis is a spatially localized historical research that shows all the relevance of a regional study regarding the Ancient Greek world. The combines analysis of archaeological and epigraphic material allows a deep understanding of a Mediterranean society, covering a period of more than three centuries. Finally, this research establishes a model for a regional (or micro-regional) functioning within a vast Empire, relying on a precise historical and political context.
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Enora Le Quéré. Les Cyclades sous l'Empire Romain (Ier s. av. J.-C. - IIIe s. ap. J.-C.) : formes et limites d'une renaissance économique et sociale.. Archéologie et Préhistoire. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2013. Français. ⟨NNT : 2013PA010654⟩. ⟨tel-01011581⟩

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