Edge of Empire: Rome's Frontier on the Lower Rhine

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Every ancient author writing about the Low Countries, was preoccupied with the complete contrast between the civilized people of the Roman Empire and the tribes of noble savages or barbarians living outside it. Julius Caesar exploited this preconception to enhance his own reputation, boasting that he had overcome the "bravest of all Gauls"; Tacitus employed the same stereotypes when he described the Batavian Revolt; and, in Late Antiquity, the Franks were still described as resembling monsters.

The reality was different. The presence of the Roman army along the River Rhine radically changed the way of life in the small Roman province of Germania Inferior, and the need to maintain and feed this large army became a significant incentive for economic change. The tribes living along the lower reaches of the Rhine and close to the North Sea gradually began to resemble their occupiers.

Historian Jona Lendering and archaeologist Arjen Bosman have combined their considerable expertise to create a successful synthesis of historical and archaeological evidence, in this history of Rome s Lower Rhine frontier.

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"an excellent overview and source collection" --Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This is a thought-provoking survey that can be recommended to the general reader and the undergraduate student alike for its lively style, useful presentation of the literary sources, and clarity in presenting a complicated subject."--Britannia, Volume 48

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Jona Lendering read history at Leiden University (MA 1993), specialized in Mediterranean culture at the Amsterdam Free University (MA 1996), and worked at excavations in Holland (Riethoven) and Greece (Halos). After teaching historical theory and ancient history at the Free University for several years, he was one of the founders of a school for history teaching, Livius Onderwijs.

As an archaeologist, Arjen Bosman is interested in the coastal regions of the Low Countries and the military archaeology of the twentieth century. He is the owner of Military Legacy.

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