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    At Empire's Edge: Exploring Rome's Egyptian Frontier (Hardback) By (author) Robert B. Jackson


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    DescriptionWhen Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire in 30 BC after the deaths of Antony and Cleopatra, its vast and mysterious frontier lands had an important impact on the commerce, politics and culture of the empire. This account - part history and part gazetteer -focuses on Rome's Egyptian frontier, describing the ancient fortresses, temples, settlements, quarries and aqueducts scattered throughout the region and conveying a sense of what life was like for its inhabitants. Robert Jackson has journeyed, by jeep and on foot, to virtually every known Roman site in the area, from Siwa Oasis, 45 kilometers from the modern Libyan border, to the Sudan. Drawing on both archaeological and historical information, he discusses these sites, explaining how Rome extracted exotic stone and precious metals from the mountains of the Eastern Desert, channelled the wealth of India and East Africa through the desert via ports on the Red Sea, constructed and manned fortresses in the distant oases of the Western Desert, and facilitated the expansion of agricultural communities in the desert that eventually experienced the earliest large-scale conversions to Christianity in Egypt. Illustrated with many photographs, the volume should be useful to archaeologists, classicists, and travellers to the region.

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    At Empire's Edge
    Exploring Rome's Egyptian Frontier
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert B. Jackson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 888 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300088564
    ISBN 10: 0300088566

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    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    03 May 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Robert B. Jackson is chair of the department of history at The American International School of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
    Review quote
    "A concise and excellent introduction to Rome's Egyptian frontier. Jackson has a remarkable ability to evoke the atmosphere of a site by describing his own experience. The book is easy to read and difficult to put down." Rudolf Winkes, Brown University