Frontiers of the Roman Empire A Social and Economic Study

ISBN-10: 0801857856
ISBN-13: 9780801857850
Edition: 1994
Authors: C. R. Whittaker
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/18/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Although the Roman empire was one of the longest lasting in history, it was never ideologically conceived by its rulers or inhabitants as a territory within fixed limits. Yet Roman armies clearly reached certain points -- which today we call frontiers -- where they simply stopped advancing and annexing new territories. In Frontiers of the Roman Empire, C. R. Whittaker examines the Roman frontiers both in terms of what they meant to the Romans and in their military, economic, and social function. Observing that frontiers are rarely, if ever, static, Whittaker argues that the very success of the Roman frontiers as permeable border zones sowed the seeds of their eventual destruction. As the frontiers of the late empire ceased to function, the ideological distinctions between Romans and barbarians became blurred. Yet the very permeability of the frontiers, Whittaker contends, also permitted a transformation of Roman society, breathing new life into the empire rather than causing its complete extinction.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: The Historiography of Frontiers
Space, Power, and Society
Frontiers and the Growth of Empire
Why Did the Frontiers Stop Where They Did?
Economy and Society of the Frontiers
The Frontiers under Pressure
The Collapse of the Frontiers
Warlords and Landlords in the Later Empire
Notes
References
Index

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