Travel and Geography in the Roman Empire [NOOK Book]

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The remains of Roman roads are a powerful reminder of the travel and communications system that was needed to rule a vast and diverse empire. Yet few people have questioned just how the Romans - both military and civilians - travelled, or examined their geographical understanding in an era which offered a greatly increased potential for moving around, and a much bigger choice of destinations.
This volume provides new perspectives on these issues, and some controversial ...
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Travel and Geography in the Roman Empire

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Overview

The remains of Roman roads are a powerful reminder of the travel and communications system that was needed to rule a vast and diverse empire. Yet few people have questioned just how the Romans - both military and civilians - travelled, or examined their geographical understanding in an era which offered a greatly increased potential for moving around, and a much bigger choice of destinations.
This volume provides new perspectives on these issues, and some controversial arguments; for instance, that travel was not limited to the elite, and that maps as we know them did not exist in the empire. The military importance of transport and communication networks is also a focus, as is the imperial post system (cursus publicus), and the logistics and significance of transport in both conquest and administration.
With more than forty photographs, maps and illustrations, this collection provides a new understanding of the role and importance of travel, and of the nature of geographical knowledge, in the Roman world,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134581801
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 11 MB
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The presentation of geographical knowledge for travel and transport in the Roman world: itineraria non tantum adnotata sed etiam picta 7
3 Travel, itineraria and tabellaria 22
4 The creation of geography: an interpretation of Roman Britain 67
5 Transport and communication in the Roman state: the cursus publicus 95
6 Transport and travel on the Column of Trajan 106
7 'There and back again': getting around in Roman Egypt 138
8 Afterword: travel and empire 167
Bibliography 177
Index 196
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