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H 290 x W 205 mm

226 pages

34 figures + illustrated site catalogue (48 plates in colour)

Published Nov 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784919528

Digital: 9781784919535

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Rome; Army; Arabia; Petra; Jordan; Roman East; Nabataean; Geographical Information Systems; Ancient Economy; Fortifications; Landscape Archaeology; Incense; Trade; Network

Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 48

The Function of the Roman Army in Southern Arabia Petraea

By Mariana Castro

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This volume provides a fresh perspective on the evolving and diverse functions of the Roman army in Arabia from the creation of the province to the end of the Byzantine period.



Preface ;
I. Introduction: Aims and Scope ;
II. Contextualization: The Arabian frontier and the Roman Army ;
III. The Function of the Roman Army on the Arabian Frontier ;
IV. Spatial Analysis ;
V. Discussion ;
VI. Conclusion ;
Descriptive Catalogue I: The ‘Saracen’ Menace in Literary and Epigraphic sources ;
Descriptive Catalogue II: Complete Site Catalogue ;

About the Author

Mariana Castro received a BA in Archaeology and Asian Studies (Honors) from Brigham Young University, where she focused on Classical and Chinese history, languages, and archaeology. During her master’s degree at the University of Oxford—which she attended as an Ertegun Scholar—Mariana enriched her knowledge of the Hellenistic and Roman periods and engaged more directly with the fields of landscape and frontier archaeology, geographical information systems, and site management and protection. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. Mariana has participated in numerous archaeological field projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, most directly concerning long-distance trade and exchange.