By C R Whittaker
Do the Romans have whatever to educate us in regards to the manner that they observed the area, and how they ran their empire? How did they care for questions of frontiers and migration, so usually within the information this day? This choice of ten very important essays by way of C. R. Whittaker, engages with debates and controversies in regards to the Roman frontiers and the concept that of empire. actually international in its concentration, the e-book examines the social, political and cultural implications of the Roman frontiers in Africa, India, Britain, Europe, Asia and the some distance East, and gives a finished account in their importance.
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The slave and freed slave sessions are of the 1st value for any research of the social constitution of the Roman international within the first and moment centuries advert. between them the emperor's personal slaves and freedmen, the Familia Caesaris, deserve specific recognition: this used to be an important in prestige and the main cellular socially of the entire teams in slave-born periods; it additionally had the best continuity of improvement and the people who comprised it may be pointed out and dated in adequate numbers for major statistical comparisons to be made up of their family-relationships and occupations.
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But a policy to do what? 66 We should, of course, hesitate in believing Tacitus, Agricola’s son-in-law, on such an emotive subject. But it is not easy to understand from the military dispositions in either the West or the East what is meant by the new Flavian ‘scientific’ frontiers, which was one of Luttwak’s key, evolutionary stages of Roman Grand Strategy. In Britain, for example, Agricola deliberately ignored what might be considered the most ‘scientific’ frontier of the Forth–Clyde line, the shortest distance between two oceans, in his quest for ‘the glory of Rome’.
Teichner in Haffner and von Schnurbein 2000: 77–93. Hunter 2002. Stupperich 1995. Wigg 1995, citing S. Dusek, Römische Handwerker im germanischen Thüringen. Ergenbnisse der Ausgrabungen in Haarhausen, Kreis Arnstadt, Stuttgart, 1992. See above, note 68. H. Eggers, Der romische import im freien Germanien, Hamburg, 1951. Opreanu 1997. Wolters 1995: 114. As Drummond and Nelson 1994: 109; although in Wallachia, Roman coins are common (note 71). See below, Ch. 8. As I did in Whittaker 1994: 119. What we know of German exports is listed by Wolters 1995.
7 and 9, where soldiers are required to collect their fodder up to 20 miles from the camp. 83 Stoll 2001: 451; Hanson 1997b thinks the supplies could have been produced more easily than this. 84 Davies 2002: 180–2, for the strain on local communities in Wales. , with Roman colonists, villas, slave gangs and all (although p. 48 seems to contradict this). 86 Good summaries of the questions have been made recently by Breeze 2000 and Erdkamp 2002: 5–16. 87 For some recent discussions, see Ch. 5: note 8.