At Empire's Edge: Exploring Rome's Egyptian Frontier by Professor Robert B. Jackson

By Professor Robert B. Jackson

whilst Egypt turned a province of the Roman Empire in 30 BC after the deaths of Antony and Cleopatra, its significant and mysterious frontier lands had a tremendous influence at the trade, politics and tradition of the empire. This account - half historical past and half gazetteer -focuses on Rome's Egyptian frontier, describing the traditional fortresses, temples, settlements, quarries and aqueducts scattered through the sector and conveying a feeling of what existence was once like for its population. Robert Jackson has journeyed, by way of jeep and strolling, to nearly each recognized Roman web site within the zone, from Siwa Oasis, forty five kilometers from the trendy Libyan border, to the Sudan. Drawing on either archaeological and ancient details, he discusses those websites, explaining how Rome extracted unique stone and priceless metals from the mountains of the japanese desolate tract, channelled the wealth of India and East Africa during the barren region through ports at the crimson Sea, developed and manned fortresses within the far away oases of the Western barren region, and facilitated the growth of agricultural groups within the wasteland that at last skilled the earliest large-scale conversions to Christianity in Egypt.
Illustrated with many pictures, the amount will be worthy to archaeologists, classicists, and travelers to the region.

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