The Western Frontiers of Imperial Rome

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GLOSSARY
Aachen: A city in Germany. Originally a rest camp shared by two Rhine legions, it became the capital of Charlemagne, king of the Franks ( A.D. 768-814).
Adonis: A cult figure whose worship centered on the ancient city of Byblus. Adonis seems to have represented the spirit of vegetation, the annual regeneration of which was regarded as a symbol of his worshippers' rebirth and immortality.
Adrianople: Modern Edirne, a city of European Turkey. The site of the battle in A.D. 378 in which the Visigoths defeated the army of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Ala: The basic unit of auxiliary cavalry troops.
Alans: A Sarmatian tribe that drifted into Central Europe in the second and third centuries A.D. In company with Vandals and Sueves, the Alans crossed the Rhine in 407 and began the "barbarian" invasions of the Western Roman Empire.
Alaric: King of the Germanic Visigoths, who sacked the city of Rome in A.D. 410. Alaric died shortly afterward, and his plans for establishing a Visigothic state in Sicily were ended.
Amber Coast: The southern shore of the Baltic Sea, modern Germany and Poland, where large quantities of amber could be found washed up on the beach.
Ambiani: A Celtic tribe that inhabited what is now northern France and Belgium.

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The Western Frontiers of Imperial Rome
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Maps vii
  • Preface ix
  • I- The Edge of Empire 3
  • II- The Frontier Takes Shape 13
  • Notes 35
  • III- Feeding the Army- The Agrarian Settlement 42
  • Notes 70
  • IV- Pastoral Pursuits- Ranching and Grazing on the Frontier 77
  • Notes 96
  • V- Trading on and beyond the Frontier 101
  • Notes 122
  • VI- The Towns and Cities of the Frontier 127
  • Notes 147
  • VII- The Growth of Industry 152
  • Notes 169
  • VIII- The "Romanization" of the Frontier 172
  • Notes 191
  • IX- The Gods and Goddesses of the Frontier 196
  • Notes 212
  • X- Final Thoughts 216
  • Notes 224
  • Chronology of the Roman Frontier 225
  • Glossary 235
  • Selected Bibliography 249
  • Index 267
  • About the Authors 277
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