Frontiers of the Roman Empire
By (author) Hugh Elton
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Frontiers of the Roman Empire by Hugh Elton
Book DescriptionWith its succinct analysis of the overriding issues and detailed case-studies based on the latest archaeological research, this social and economic study of Roman Imperial frontiers is essential reading. Too often the frontier has been represented as a simple linear boundary. The reality, argues Dr Elton, was rather a fuzzy set of interlocking zones - political, military, judicial and financial. After discussion of frontier theory and types of frontier, the author analyses the acquisition of an empire and the ways in which it was ruled. He addresses the vexed question of how to define the edges of provinces, and covers the relationship with allied kingdoms. Regional variation and different rates of change are seen as significant - as is illustrated by Civilis' revolt on the Rhine in AD 69. He uses another case-study - Dura-Europos - to exemplify the role of the army on the frontier, especially its relations with the population on both sides of the border. The central importance of trade is highlighted by special consideration of Palmyra.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780713473209
(240mm x 166mm x mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hugh Elton
Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity, Hardback (January 2015)
This volume examines the transformation that took place in a wide range of genres in Late Antiquity. Aspects of sacred and secular literature are discussed, alongside chapters on technical writing, monody, epigraphy, epistolography and visual representation. What emerges is the flexibility of genres in the period.
Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Paperback (September 2011)
This social and economic study of the Roman Imperial frontiers includes detailed case-studies based on the latest archaeological research. It also includes an analysis of the acquisition of an empire and the ways in which it was ruled.
Fifth-Century Gaul, Paperback (September 2002)
A unique collection of papers looking at how the Gallo-Romans reacted to barbarian invasion.
Warfare in Roman Europe, AD 350-425, Paperback (October 1997)» View all books by Hugh Elton
A discussion of the practice of warfare in Europe, from both Roman and barbarian perspectives, during the late fourth and early fifth centuries. Elton analyzes the military practices and capabilities of the Romans and their northern enemies at policy, strategic, operational, and tactical levels.
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Author Biography - Hugh Elton
Having taken his D. Phil at Oxford, Hugh Elton is currently at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. He is co-editor of Fifth-Century Gaul: a Crisis of Identity and the author of Warfare in Roman Europe.
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