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Limes, Roman

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Limes means a boundary or border. In the Roman Empire, the term referred more broadly to the complex systems of border control (roads, towers, and forts). Limites were marked by a discernable barrier, natural (e.g., river [Danube]) and/or artificial (wall of stone [wall of Hadrian], earth [wall of Antoninus], or wood). Limites defined territories, protected settlements, regulated movement and trade, housed military units, monitored natural resourc…

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