Frontier and Society in Roman North Africa

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

byDavid Cherry

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This book seeks to define the cultural, social, and economic consequences of the Roman occupation of North Africa (c.50 BC-AD 250), mainly in the semi-arid frontier-zone of what is today Algeria. It also offers a fresh look at the development and purpose of the north African frontier-system.Through detailed examination of the region's archaeological and epigraphic record, including the marriage-patterns recorded on its surviving, funerary inscriptions, Professor Cherry demonstrates that there was probably little acculturation in the north African frontier-zone. The Roman army, longconsidered to be a powerful instrument of Romanization and a bridge to the indigenous societies of the provinces of the Empire, is shown to have functioned primarily as an army of occupation on the north African frontier, segregated, by choice or circumstance, from the region's aboriginalpopulation.

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This book seeks to define the cultural, social, and economic consequences of the Roman occupation of North Africa (c.50 BC-AD 250), mainly in the semi-arid frontier-zone of what is today Algeria. It also offers a fresh look at the development and purpose of the north African frontier-system.Through detailed examination of the region's...

David Cherry is at Montana State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198152353

ISBN - 13:9780198152354

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`scholars welcome this clearly documented, well-written study. Cherry's epigraphic appendixes bolster his conclusions and offer resources for additional scholarship. His treatment of ancient African agricultural economics is now fundamental.'P. B. Harvey, Pennsylvania State University, CHOICE, sept 1999