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Fines Provinciae

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This chapter discusses the questions: did the provinciae and indeed the imperium have boundaries at all; and if so, what were they the boundaries of. The provinciae of the time of Julius Caesar and Pompeius Magnus are very different from those during the Hannibalic war, and it is only to be expected that the boundaries, the fines and termini, of those two sets of provinciae are different too. Despite the difficulty that one face in translating fines provinciae, and the infrequency of its use in Cicero, there is no doubt that he can use the word in a strongly geographical sense. By the time one has reached the first centuryad, then, the boundaries, the fines, of the provinciae and of the imperium certainly exist, and what they bound are pieces of territory.

Keywords: Cicero; fines provinciae; imperium



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