Rome on the Euphrates: The Story of a Frontier by Freya StarkRome on the Euphrates: The Story of a Frontier by Freya Stark

Rome on the Euphrates: The Story of a Frontier

byFreya Stark

Paperback | July 17, 2012

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When Roman legions marched into Asia Minor in 200BC, their plan was to secure a buffer zone between the Mediterranean, which they virtually owned, and the area beyond, which they sought to isolate rather than control. Along the long frontier of the Euphrates in Turkey lay the easternmost limits of the Roman Empire—a region they called Augusta Euphrantentis. Their expanding involvement lasted eight centuries, draining their energies and culminating in the destruction of the bridge that, since the time of Alexander the Great, had linked China to the commerce of the Mediterranean. Tracing the path of this ancient river and highlighting her travels with the vibrant history of 800 years of Roman warfare and the history of this mighty river, Freya Stark ultimately reveals the futility of war, of arbitrary boundaries, and territorial conquest. Rome on the Euphrates, at once travel and history, is one of her most magnificent and highly acclaimed works.
Freya Stark (1893-1993), *the poet of travel,* was the doyenne of Middle East travel writers and one of the most courageous and adventurous female travelers in history. She traveled extensively through Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, and Southern Arabia, where she became the first western woman to travel through the Hadhramaut. ...
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Title:Rome on the Euphrates: The Story of a FrontierFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.75 × 5.5 × 1.61 inPublished:July 17, 2012Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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*One of the finest travel writers of our century.* -- The New Yorker*It was rare to leave her company without feeling that the world was somehow larger and more promising. Her life was something of a work of art… The books in which she recorded her journeys were seductively individual… Nomad and social lioness, public servant, and private essayist, emotional victim and mythmaker.* -- Colin Thubron, The New York Times*[Freya Stark] writes angelically in the great tradition of Charles Doughty and T. E. Lawrence. The pulse quickens as you read, because she can bring the sights and sounds of incredible countries before you in the twinkling of an eye.* -- The New York Times Book Review*Freya Stark remains unexcelled as an interpreter of brief encounters in wild regions against the backdrop of history.* -- The Observer