From Library Journal
Drawn to the rich history of the deserts bordering Egypt, Jackson (chair of the department of history, American International School of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman) has traveled the eastern and western deserts, and south to the Sudan, by foot, camel, and jeep over the past 20 years. His attraction to Greco-Roman sites gave rise to the research that produced this magnificent study, which focuses on the period from 29 B.C.E. to the fifth century C.E. Rich in archaeological and textual documentation, the work also deftly re-creates a feeling for the lives of the people who inhabited these now barren places. Though the author visited every known Roman site, never once does he intrude upon his subject with the personal pronoun "I." Rather, his narrative draws us into the subject matter, site by site, covering Roman stone quarries, trade routes, ports, oases, fortresses, temples, and settlements. Jackson effortlessly blends ancient history with accounts by later travelers and the most recent archaeological work. Written for students and the general reader, this volume, besides providing otherwise inaccessible information, is meant to draw attention to the importance of these sites, which are being vandalized and neglected. A superbly written work of major importance for laypersons and scholars; recommended for history and travel collections. Joan W. Garland, Detroit P.L.
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"A concise and excellent introduction to Rome's Egyptian frontier. Jackson has a remarkable ability to evoke the atmosphere of a site by describing his own experience. The book is easy to read and difficult to put down." Rudolf Winkes, Brown University