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The impact of the late roman army in Palaestina and Arabia

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This chapter investigates the relationship between the presence of the late Roman army in certain marginal areas of the Near East bordering the desert and the economic and demographic growth of those territories. Should we assume that the presence of the army was a prerequisite condition of their development? Or, on the contrary, must we assume that indigenous peoples in those regions were able to develop agriculture independently of Roman military presence? If so, we could be forced to admit that the introduction of the army into marginal lands was dictated by the imperial wish of exploiting those territories and that the soldiers started to undertake administrative duties in areas previously neglected by the imperial government. The chapter discusses the impact of the late Roman army in Palaestina and Arabia.

Keywords: Arabia; imperial government; late Roman army; Palaestina; Roman military presence



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