Friday, July 13, 2012

Augustan Era Policy on the Rhine Frontier from 34 B.C.E.-16 C.E.

Abstract: According to the view of certain historians, military affairs in the Roman Empire were conducted according to an intentional and centrally controlled "Grand Strategy." Whether or not such an empire-wide strategy existed is highly debatable. As a result of this uncertainty, the question of provincial strategy arises; was there a consistent strategy on the provincial level? This paper addresses that question by means of a case study of the province of Germania during the reign of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. I argue that there was indeed no such coherent "German Policy" during the reign of Augustus, but rather a series of policies, each with different objectives based on changing conditions.