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Contextualizing Hadrian’s Wall: The Wall As ‘Debatable Lands’

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The Roman frontier is one of the places where best expresses the essence of the state and sovereignty. The outer border is a promise of unlimited conquest in time and space to achieve this "imperium sine fine". The Romans considered the border as something to be both defined and finite for other peoples. Under this worldview, the territory of North Africa has experienced administrative and territorial organization with a geographical delimitation of its frontiers. These constitute the spatial completion of the Roman conquest to the limits of the known world in the area of the Empire. It should first of all to reflect on the birth and evolution of African borders. This chapter examines the nature and function of these same borders and finally discusses the interactions between Romans and local populations in border areas. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: local populations; North Africa; Romans; territorial organization

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