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Historical Ecosystems. Roman Frontier and Economic Hinterlands in North Africa

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Some observations pertaining to fundamental aspects of the Roman frontier in North Africa are here presented. The main aim is to give evidence of the strong link between the legal arrangements of the provincial territories, i.e. Roman use and ownership of land, and the shifting character of the frontier areas. I think that a fundamental knock-on effect took place in the genesis of the frontier, originated by changes in the legal status of cities and provincial territories over about three centuries. I also suggest a different de finition of frontier, especially to avoid the traditional labels of 'political line', 'border area', 'buffer zone', that seem to me to be quite inadequate. Another element will be the analysis of a specific socio-economic phenomenon of the North African frontier: the nundinae.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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  • Historia, first published in 1952 by Karl Friedrich Stroheker and Gerold Walser is an international, peer-reviewed journal on Greek and Roman antiquity. Articles are in English, German, French and Italian. It features original articles on Greek history, the Roman Republic and Empire as well as late antiquity. It covers all aspects of political, economic, religious and social life and deals with legal, archaeological, numismatic and epigraphical questions.
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