At empire's edge : exploring Rome's Egyptian frontier /
Robert B. Jackson.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2002.
xxv, 350 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0300088566 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2002.
0300088566 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-335) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert B. Jackson is chair of the department of history at the American International School of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-04-15:
Drawn to the rich history of the deserts bordering Egypt, Jackson (chair of the department of history, American International School of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman) has traveled the eastern and western deserts, and south to the Sudan, by foot, camel, and jeep over the past 20 years. His attraction to Greco-Roman sites gave rise to the research that produced this magnificent study, which focuses on the period from 29 B.C.E. to the fifth century C.E. Rich in archaeological and textual documentation, the work also deftly re-creates a feeling for the lives of the people who inhabited these now barren places. Though the author visited every known Roman site, never once does he intrude upon his subject with the personal pronoun "I." Rather, his narrative draws us into the subject matter, site by site, covering Roman stone quarries, trade routes, ports, oases, fortresses, temples, and settlements. Jackson effortlessly blends ancient history with accounts by later travelers and the most recent archaeological work. Written for students and the general reader, this volume, besides providing otherwise inaccessible information, is meant to draw attention to the importance of these sites, which are being vandalized and neglected. A superbly written work of major importance for laypersons and scholars; recommended for history and travel collections. Joan W. Garland, Detroit P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2002-12-01:
Jackson (American International School, Muscat, Oman) offers a learned survey of the Roman Empire's experience along the frontiers of Ancient Egypt. More than a dry description of isolated military installations in barren wildernesses, this real introduction to Egypt's borderlands in late antiquity is enhanced by anecdotal and epistolary material from ancient and medieval history, excavated inscriptions, the narratives of scholar travelers and archaeological reports, and the author's own clear descriptions of existing monuments. Mons Porphyrites and Mons Claudianus (Roman imperial quarries in the Eastern Desert) and the Aswan quarries--the sources of building stone--come alive as they are described in the larger contexts of trade and transit routes (quarry roads, forts, water stations). Political-commercial relationships with the kingdoms and tribal groups of the Sudan as well as the western desert oases are also treated. There are welcome remarks about the modern vandalism and tourism that damage fragile sites. The illustrations could have been clearer. This book could be read alongside David Kennedy's Rome's Desert Frontier (CH, Feb'91). Students might first read (with some guidance) David Nicolle's Rome's Enemies: The Desert Frontier (1991). The presentation assumes some preexisting knowledge. Excellent bibliography! Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. M. Paley SUNY at Buffalo
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This account focuses on the Roman Empire'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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
The Eastern Desert
The Hills of Smoke, Gebel Dokhanp. 3
Mons Claudianusp. 35
The Quarry Roads to the Nilep. 55
Ports on the Red Sea Coastp. 75
Desert Trade Routesp. 95
The Upper Nile Valley
The Gateway to Africa: Aswan, Elephantine, and Philaep. 111
Roman Nubiap. 129
The Western Desert
Overview of the Western Desertp. 158
The Great Oasisp. 163
The Small Oasisp. 229
Siwa Oasisp. 241
Abbreviationsp. 261
Notesp. 265
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 337
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