Frontiers of the Roman Empire: A Social and Economic Study #2020

Frontiers of the Roman Empire: A Social and Economic Study C.R. Whittaker Frontiers of the Roman Empire A Social and Economic Study 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 reach

  • Title: Frontiers of the Roman Empire: A Social and Economic Study
  • Author: C.R. Whittaker
  • ISBN: 9780801857850
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire: A Social and Economic Study C.R. Whittaker 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 tAlthough 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.
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    1. The principle argument of Frontiers is that the idea of a well defined border between Roman civilization and rabid hordes of barbarians is nonsense foisted on generations of students by Enlightenment and later historians who viewed the empire through the distorted lenses of their own prejudices In their defense, however, one must take into account the enormous wealth of new information particularly archaeological and anthopological that Whittaker and his confreres have access to Whittaker concen [...]

    2. The basic point is that the frontiers are zones, not static lines of defense They facilitated interaction rather than block it The Roman army stopped where it did because it needed the rivers to help provide the logistical support of keeping the legions there.

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