Times & Places

Roman Provinces

At the height of its power in the 2nd century CE, the Roman Empire stretched from England to Egypt, and from Spain to Syria. Roman law united this vast territory, and Roman culture infiltrated the farthest points of the Empire. Statues of the emperor decorated towns far and wide, and Roman-style structures such as baths, basilicas, and ampitheaters reflected the adoption of Roman culture. Nevertheless, each region still retained its own history and local culture. Although official business was conducted in Latin, people from the provinces continued to use their native language. The art created in the Roman provinces represents a mix of local and imperial traditions.

Adapted from

DMA Collections Smartphone Tour, "Learn about the Roman Provinces," 2012.

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