Frontiers of the roman empire the roman limes represents the border line of the roman empire at its greatest extent in the 2nd century ad it stretched over 5000 km from the atlantic coast of northern britain through europe to the black sea and from there to the red sea and across north africa to the atlantic coast. As the frontiers of the late empire ceased to function the ideological distinctions between romans and barbarians becames blurred yet the very permeability of the frontiers whittaker contends also permitted a transformation of roman society breathing new life into the empire rather than causing its complete extinction. Yet roman armies clearly reached certain points which today we call frontiers where they simply stopped advancing and annexing new territories in frontiers of the roman empire whittaker examines the roman frontiers both in terms of what they meant to the romans and in their military economic and social function. Frontiers of the roman empire hadrians wall map 1 skinburness north to maryport south clarification adopted 2012 frontiers of the roman empire hadrians wall map 2 cardurnock west to willowholme carlisle east clarification adopted 2012 frontiers of the roman empire hadrians wall. Criterion iii the roman frontier is the largest monument of the roman empire one of the worlds greatest preindustrial empires
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