The Limits of Empire: The Roman Army in the East

The Limits of Empire: The Roman Army in the East

by Benjamin H. Isaac


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The Limits of Empire: The Roman Army in the East by Benjamin H. Isaac

For more than seven centuries most of the Near East was part of the Roman empire. Yet no work exists which explores the means by which an ancient power originating in the western Mediterranean could control such a vast and distant region. What was the impact of the army presence on the population of the provinces? How did Rome respond to the challenge posed by the desert and its nomadic population? Isaac here offers answers to these questions in the first comprehensive treatment of the Roman military presence in the Near East. Using both well-known and neglected sources, he reassesses the means by which Rome achieved and maintained its control over the region. His study, now revised and updated to reflect recent research findings, casts new light on an important issue which has far-reaching implications for the understanding of ancient and modern imperialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198149262
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/07/1993
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.44(d)

About the Author

University of Tel Aviv

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Introduction; Rome and Persia; Consolidation and internal unrest; The army of the principate: An army of occupation; The army of the fourth century; Enemies and allies after Septimus Severus; Army and civilians in the East; The military function of Roman veteran colonies; Urbanization; Frontier policy - Grand strategy?; Epilogue; Appendices; Bibliography; Maps; Index

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