The Limits of Empire: The Roman Army in the East

Paperback | January 1, 1990

byBenjamin Isaac

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This is the first comprehensive treatment of the Roman military presence in the Near East. Using both well-known and neglected sources, Professor Isaac reassesses the means by which Rome achieved and maintained her contorl over the region. He discusses the extent to which current vacillatingviews on imperialism can affect opinions concerning the character and mechanisms by which Rome ensured the integrity and expansion of her influence. Also considered here are problems of methodology, especially the use of archaelogical remains for historical interpretation. Now available in paperback, this revised edition contains extensive author's ammendments in the light of the most recent research, so that the book is now representative of the most up-to-date work on the subject. There is an additional bibliography, containing material only recently madeavailable, and a new preface introducing the volume.

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This is the first comprehensive treatment of the Roman military presence in the Near East. Using both well-known and neglected sources, Professor Isaac reassesses the means by which Rome achieved and maintained her contorl over the region. He discusses the extent to which current vacillatingviews on imperialism can affect opinions conc...

Benjamin Isaac is at University of Tel Aviv.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:524 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.22 inPublished:January 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198149522

ISBN - 13:9780198149521

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Table of Contents

AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Rome and Persia2. Consolidation and internal unrest3. The army of the principate: An army of occupation4. The army of the fourth century5. Enemies and allies after Septimus Severus6. Army and civilians in the East7. The military function of Roman veteran colonies8. Urbanization9. Frontier policy - Grand strategy?EpilogueAppendicesBibliographyMapsIndex

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'within two years of its first appearance in 1990 the publishers were prepared to issue a second edition ... This is surely a sign of the excellence of the book and its appeal not only to Classical scholars with an interest in Roman warfare but also to a wider public. The unique background ofthe author ensures the wide scope and the new, refreshing points of view of the book. His arguments are on the whole detailed and convincing. This is a book which should grace the collection of every serious Roman scholar and should not be missing from the libraries of high schools and universitieswhere Classics are taught.'Lena Cansdale, University of Sydney, Ancient History, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, 1993