1st Edition

Rome and its Frontiers The Dynamics of Empire

By C R Whittaker Copyright 2004
    256 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Do the Romans have anything to teach us about the way that they saw the world, and the way they ran their empire? How did they deal with questions of frontiers and migration, so often in the news today?
    This collection of ten important essays by C. R. Whittaker, engages with debates and controversies about the Roman frontiers and the concept of empire. Truly global in its focus, the book examines the social, political and cultural implications of the Roman frontiers in Africa, India, Britain, Europe, Asia and the Far East, and provides a comprehensive account of their significance.

    Chapter 1 Where are the Roman frontiers now?; Chapter 2 Grand Strategy, or just a grand debate?; Chapter 3 The importance of the invasions of the Later Roman Empire; Chapter 4 Mental maps and frontiers; Chapter 5 Supplying the army; Chapter 6 Sex on the frontiers; Chapter 7 ‘To reach out to India and pursue the dawn’; Chapter 8 Indian trade within the Roman imperial network; Chapter 9 Roman frontiers and european perceptions; Chapter 10 The use and abuse of immigrants in the Later Roman Empire;


    C.R. Whittaker is a fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, and a former University Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Cambridge.

    '[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