The Frontiers of Imperial Rome

David J. Breeze

At its height, the Roman Empire was the greatest empire yet seen, its borders stretching from the rain-swept highlands of Scotland in the north to the sun-scorched Nubian desert in the south. But how were the vast and varied stretches of frontier defined
and defended? Many of Rome's frontier defenses have been the subject of detailed and ongoing s
Date Published :
December 2011
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
12 maps, 40 diagrams and plans, 24 photographs
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526760807
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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Overview
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At its height, the Roman Empire was the greatest empire yet seen, its borders stretching from the rain-swept highlands of Scotland in the north to the sun-scorched Nubian desert in the south. But how were the vast and varied stretches of frontier defined and defended?

Many of Rome's frontier defenses have been the subject of detailed and ongoing study and scholarship. Three frontier zones are now UNESCO World Heritage sites (the Antonine Wall having recently been granted this status - the author led the bid), and there is growing interest in their study. This wide-ranging survey will describe the varying frontier systems, describing the extant remains, methods and materials of construction and highlighting the differences between various frontiers. Professor Breeze considers how the frontiers worked, discussing this in relation to the organization and structure of the Roman army, and also their impact on civilian life along the empire's borders. He then reconsiders the question of whether the frontiers were the product of an overarching Empire-wide grand strategy, questioning Luttwak's seminal hypothesis.

This is a detailed and wide-ranging study of the frontier systems of the Roman Empire by a leading expert. Intended for the general reader, it is sure also to be of great value for academics and students in this field. The appendixes will include a brief guide to visiting the sites today.

About The Author
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David Breeze OBE is Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. He was formerly Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland, and is the author of books on Hadrian’s Wall, the Antonine Wall, Roman frontiers and the Roman army. He is an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Newcastle, and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow University.

REVIEWS
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“…without question one of the finest I’ve read from the Pen and Sword imprint, from the quality of the paper to the quality of the scholarship. It belongs both in the bookshelves of the frontier enthusiast as well as in the stacks of university libraries.”

- Ancient Warfare

"The Frontiers of Imperial Rome is indispensable for anyone interested in Roman military institutions and policies, and is likely to be the standard work for some time."

- StrategyPage

"While scholarly, Breeze’s style is clear, and will prove valuable reading for anyone with an interest in Roman military history or the growing literature on frontiers and borderlands."

- The NYMAS Review

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