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This front matter section of the book Frontiers in the Roman world: proceedings of the ninth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire contains a preface. The volume opens with an introductory section within which the meaning of the terms 'frontier' and limes within the context of the empire and the city of Rome, are placed to the fore over a longer period of time. A second section looks at the consequences of the presence of Roman (provincial) borders for those living near these frontiers. Indeed, Kate da Costa argues that traces of such consequences can be of the utmost importance in defining the spatial limits of territorial provinces. The last section of the volume discusses people crossing boundaries. John Nicols suggests that an important tool to ease potential problems for people going from one community to the next was the practice of hospitium.

Keywords: John Nicols; Kate da Costa; Roman world



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