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Prior to the third century A.D., two broad Roman conceptions of frontiers proliferated and competed: an imperial ideology of rule without limit coexisted with very real and pragmatic attempts to define and defend imperial frontiers. But from about A.D. 250-500, there was a basic shift in mentality, as news from and about frontiers began to portray a more defined Roman world—a world with limits—allowing a new understanding of frontiers as territorial and not just as divisions of people. This concept, previously unknown in the ancient world, brought with it a new consciousness, which soon spread to cosmology, geography, myth, sacred texts, and prophecy. The “frontier consciousness” produced a unified sense of Roman identity that transcended local identities and social boundaries throughout the later Empire.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part 1: Worldview
  1. 1. Frontiers, News, and Worldview
  2. pp. 11-26
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  1. 2. Toward a Late Roman Cosmology of Space and Frontiers
  2. pp. 27-50
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  1. 3. Óρoς 'Αρχαîoς: Natural Frontiers in a Late Roman Worldview
  2. pp. 51-76
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  1. Part 2: Media: The Triumph of the Periphery
  1. 4. Modes of Communicating Frontiers
  2. pp. 79-102
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  1. 5. Getting the Word Around
  2. pp. 103-122
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  1. Part 3: Pagans, Christians, and Frontiers
  1. 6. Prophecy, Divination, and Frontiers
  2. pp. 125-148
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  1. 7. Divine Protection of Frontiers
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. 8. A Christian Imperium sine Fine?
  2. pp. 155-164
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-208
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. Index Locorum
  2. pp. 239-248
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472115624
MARC Record
OCLC
1111386373
Pages
266
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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