The Limits of Empire: The Roman Army in the East

TitleThe Limits of Empire: The Roman Army in the East
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsIsaac B
Number of Pages524
PublisherClarendon Press
ISBN Number978-0198149262
Keywordsarmy, Commagene, empire, military, Roman
AbstractFor more than seven centuries most of the Near East was part of the Roman empire. This study explores the means by which an ancient power originating in the western Mediterranean controlled such a vast and distant region. What was the impact of the army presence on the population of the provinces? How did Rome respond to the challenge posed by the desert and its nomadic population? Professor Isaac offers answers to these questions in this comprehensive treatment of the Roman military presence in the Near East. Using both well-known and neglected sources, he reassesses the means by which Rome achieved and maintained her control over the region. He discusses the extent to which current vacillating views on imperialism can affect opinions concerning the character and mechanisms by which Rome ensured the integrity and expansion of her influence. Also considered are problems of methodology, especially the use of archaeological remains for historical interpretation.