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The Limits Of Empire In The Res Gestae Of Ammianus Marcellinus

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This chapter discusses the imperial designs of the city, its territory and the powers it exercised the last century of the Republic, founder of posterior approaches in fifth and sixth centuries AD, via a first attempt defining boundaries, time and space of the Verbs, and meaning that should be given to them. It discusses successively for three types of discourse to address the Roman concept of the limit in order to reconcile the two main areas of recent research that processed, mostly separately, the pomerium and ius pomerii proferendi or prolationes, on the one hand, the imperial destiny of Rome often mentioned in terms of cosmopolis or ecumenism, on the other. The various assessments of the unique destiny of the small Lazio town founder postulate a relationship between the Verbs and inhabited universe. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: imperial designs; Lazio town; Rome



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