Frontiers of the roman empire a social and economic study ancient society and history c r whittaker on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers although the roman empire was one of the longest lasting in history it was never ideologically conceived by its rulers or inhabitants as a territory within fixed limits. This is an overview of the roman empire frontiers from the 1st century bc through the 5th century ad whittaker opens with a discussion of just what were the frontiers and how they were considered by both the romans and the barbarians. The borders of the roman empire which fluctuated throughout the empires history were a combination of natural frontiers the rhine and danube rivers to the north and east the atlantic to the west and deserts to the south and man made fortifications which separated the lands of the empire from the barbarian lands beyond. The roman empire became very cosmopolitan containing many races and cultures and granting limited citizenship to many conquered people however there was still a strong sense of us and them in roman society hierarchically between citizen and slave and geographically between the civilised and the barbarian
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