- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415486785
- ISBN-13: 978-0415486781
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,340,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rome and its Frontiers: The Dynamics of Empire 1st Edition
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'[Whittaker's] thoughtful and insightful comments on frontiers are always worth reading, and the book therefore provides much to consider.' – Britannia
'Reflecting contemporary scholarship on the Roman frontiers, Whittaker, a noted specialist in the subject, brings together several essays that examine the “edges” of the empire ... most importantly, how our map-oriented perception of geography affects differs from that of the Romans, who lacked maps. An important contribution to frontier studies.' - The NYMAS Review, The New York Military Affairs Symposium
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Very well written, accessible for pretty much any reader, from semi-informed generalist to the specialist.
'Reflecting contemporary scholarship on the Roman frontiers, Whittaker, who has also written Land, City and Trade in the Roman Empire (Variorum Collected Studies) and other works, brings together several of his essays that examine the "edges" of the empire and Rome's relations with those who lay beyond or sought to cross them. In contrast to the modern notion of a "border" that is fixed, to the Romans frontiers were a fluid concept. The elaborate walls and earthworks marked not the limits of imperial power, but rather a convenient demarcation between the more securely held interior parts, and the less well supervised outer defenses, with imperial power reaching well into less-clearly Roman lands. Among the subjects touched upon are the logistical bases of the "fixed" frontiers, relations between Romans and locals, trade, and, perhaps most importantly, how our map-oriented perception of geography affects differs from that of the Romans, who lacked maps. An important contribution to frontier studies which is likely to be of interest to the layman with an interest in Roman history as well as to the professional.'
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