Rome and the Worlds beyond its Frontiers


This volume offers an expansive approach to interactions between Romans and those beyond the borders of Rome. The range of papers included here is wide, both in terms of subject matter and with respect to approach. That said, a number of important themes bind the essays. Who is an insider, and who the outsider? How were these categories of person, or identity, fashioned and/or recognized in antiquity? How shall we recognize them now? What are the categories, or standards, for measuring or determining inside and outside in the Roman world? And then, of course, what are the repercussions when inside and outside come into contact? What happens when the outside is in, or the inside out?
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Daniëlle Slootjes, Ph.D. (2004), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is Assistant Professor of Ancient History at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She specializes in the field of Late Antiquity, with a particular focus on administrative structures, geography, early Christianity and crowd behaviour.

Michael Peachin, Ph.D. (1983), Columbia University, is Professor of Classics at New York University. He has published widely on the history of early imperial Rome, including the edited Oxford Handbook of Roman Social Relations (Oxford, 2011).

Contributors are: Isaías Arrayás-Morales, Stéphane Benoist, Wim Broekaert, Lukas de Blois, Blair Fowlkes-Childs, Gil Gambash, Daniel Hoyer, Anne Hunnell-Chen, Anne Kolb, Toni Ñaco del Hoyo, John Nicols, Günther Schörner, Michael A. Speidel, Wouter Vanacker, and Nancy L. Wicker.
"The entire work broadens our understanding of the Roman Empire as a fluid system in constant contact with the worlds and systems beyond its frontiers. This is an important endeavor at a time when trends in scholarship on Rome are focusing increasingly on the reciprocal nature of relationships between Rome and the territories within its sphere of influence. (...) Many of the individual contributions also draw on recent scholarship in other fields, such as anthropology, sociology, and science and technology studies, which greatly enhance the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of Rome and the worlds beyond its frontiers."
Katheryn Whitcomb, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.07.43

List of Figures
Michael Peachin and Daniëlle Slootjes

Part 1 - Politics & Military
1 Rome, Pontus, Thrace and the Military Disintegration of the World Beyond the Hellenistic East
Toni Ñaco del Hoyo and Isaías Arrayás-Morales
2 Estranging the Familiar—Rome’s Ambivalent Approach to Britain
Gil Gambash
3 Rome and Persia in the Middle of the Third Century AD (230–266)
Lukas de Blois
4 The Emperor Beyond the Frontiers: A Double-Mirror as a ‘Political Discourse’
Stéphane Benoist

Part 2 - Politics, Economics, & Society
5 Turning the Inside Out: The Divergent Experiences of Gaul and Africa during the Third Century AD
Dan Hoyer
6 Raiders to Traders? Economics of Integration among Nomadic Communities in North Africa
Wim Broekaert and Wouter Vanacker
7 Transfer römischer Technik jenseits der Grenzen: Aneignung und Export
Günther Schörner
8 Perceptions from Beyond: Some Observations on Non-Roman Assessments of the Roman Empire from the Great Eastern Trade Routes
Anne Kolb and Michael A. Speidel
9 Hospitium: Understanding ‘Ours’ and ‘Theirs’ on the Roman Frontier
John Nicols

Part 3 - Material Culture and Culture
10 Palmyrenes in Transtiberim: Integration in Rome and Links to the Eastern Frontier
Blair Fowlkes-Childs
11 Rival Powers, Rival Images: Diocletian’s Palace at Split in Light of Sasanian Palace Design
Anne Hunnell Chen
12 The Reception of Figurative Art Beyond the Frontier: Scandinavian Encounters with Roman Numismatics
Nancy L. Wicker

Index of Places
Index of Names
General Index
All interested in the history of the Roman Empire, and its relationships with those beyond its borders.
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