Roman Frontier

'Living on the edge'. Life in the frontier zone of the Roman Empire

Modul M421 / M02
CP: 3

Lehrende: Dr. des. Jana Skundric-Rummel
Zeit und Ort: Blockseminar
1. Treffen: 20.10.2017, 15:00 – 18:00, Seminarraum Klassische Archäologie

From 500 B.C. Rome expanded continuously for 6-7 centuries, transforming itself from a small city-state to the largest empire of Europe. The limits of the Empire at its peak period stretched over three continents and were marked with systems of walls, forts, watchtowers and civilian settlements. Why did the Romans build these walls: for protection; to control movement of people; were they simply marking the physical edge of their world; or other reasons? As today, defining and defending borders is a complex issue. This course will explore and discuss the principles of frontier creation and the challenges Rome faced in attempting to define it´s limits, e.g. adaptation of borders to difficult landscapes (mountains, deserts, water etc.) or to foreign cultural regions. We will also study the impact of the arrival of Roman soldiers on communities along and beyond the frontier: their families, slaves, merchants, natives or enemies.