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Nineteenth century colonial imperialism believed in the colonisers' civilizatory mission which contributed to the academic interpretation of ancient frontier-especially the frontiers of the Roman Empire-as barriers between civilization and barbarism or as &t;the meeting place[s] between savagery and civilization&t;. This chapter focuses on the issue of Nubia's boundaries in the Roman period, for it was the study of Roman frontiers that inspired the current general conclusions concerning frontier history. It covers the Egyptian-Meroitic frontier in the Roman Period, the Frontier in the Egyptian myth of the State, and the frontier at Hagr el-Merwa. The chapter discusses the terminology concerning the frontier between Roman Egypt and Nubia. The author quotes here one or two texts which refer, however obliquely, to the nature of the frontier which was a zone but which was identified with a certain place that was considered traditionally as Egypt's southernmost point.

Keywords: colonial imperialism; Egyptian-Meroitic frontier; Hagr el-Merwa; Nubia; Roman frontiers



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