The Enemy Within. Rome's Frontier with Isauria between Konya and the Taurus Mountains – Professor Stephen Mitchell, FBA
The Isaurians, who inhabited the central section of the Taurus mountains of southern Turkey between Konya and the Mediterranean, were regarded throughout antiquity as brigands or barbarians. For more than 500 years between the first century BC and the fifth century AD they were a dangerous enemy at the heart of Rome's Asia Minor provinces and a threat to peaceful neighbouring cities and regions.
The Romans created an internal frontier to meet the Isaurian challenge, based on strategic road building and the deployment of troops, especially of cavalry units. This was as important to the security of the provinces of Asia Minor as the Empire's eastern frontier along the river Euphrates. The lecture will examine the creation and development of this internal frontier especially in the region south of Konya, along the northern edge of Isauria.
The lecture will take place at
The British Academy
10 Carlton House Terrace | London, SW1Y 5AH
Thursday 9th of May 2013
6.30pm – The Wolfson Auditorium
Please contact Claire McCafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7969 5204 to make a
reservation as seats are limited. This is a free event. Refreshments will follow after the lecture.
The British Institute at Ankara
10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
T: +44 20 7969 5204
F: +44 20 7969 5401
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