The limites in Britannia, Germania and Raetia
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In principle, the frontiers of Roman influence were as flexible as any particular neighbour permitted. Hence, the Roman Republic never had any external borders fixed by military installations. During the Principate, as the standing professional army developed, so also did an Empire-wide frontier control system. But this system, too, varied according to geographical, ethnic and political conditions. Some examples illustrate its diversity:

• the Vallum Hadriani (Hadrian’s Wall) in Britannia, a defensive rampart …

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Olshausen, E., “The limites in Britannia, Germania and Raetia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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