Frontiers of the roman empire the roman limes represents the border line of the roman empire at its greatest extent in the 2nd century ad it stretched over 5000 km from the atlantic coast of northern britain through europe to the black sea and from there to the red sea and across north africa to the atlantic coast. As the frontiers of the late empire ceased to function the ideological distinctions between romans and barbarians becames blurred yet the very permeability of the frontiers whittaker contends also permitted a transformation of roman society breathing new life into the empire rather than causing its complete extinction. Yet roman armies clearly reached certain points which today we call frontiers where they simply stopped advancing and annexing new territories in frontiers of the roman empire whittaker examines the roman frontiers both in terms of what they meant to the romans and in their military economic and social function. The frontiers of the roman empire is a serial site that comprises parts of the limes romanus a border defense or delimiting system of ancient rome the two sections of the upper german raetian limes in germany cover a length of 550 km from the north west of the country to the danube in the south east. The empires frontiers were simple military barriers but also a dividing line between two ways of life keeping one safe from the other the limits of the empire as rome expanded out of italy from the 2 nd century bc there was no force capable of stopping its legions
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