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The Roman Limes

Roman limes
Watch the video at the top. Answer the following questions. 

1. Which meaning of the word 'Limes' suits today's lesson best?

2. Mention 2 famous Limes that you can still visit today.

3. Which elements made the Roman Limes a strong boundary for the empire?

4. Which elements made the Roman Limes quite vulnerable?

The Roman Limes in the Netherlands


5. Look at the video Asterix the Gaul. 

6. Work on learning activities



If you did not bring earphones to class, use the transcript below:

in this video were gonna be discussing
the topic the lines of the Roman Empire
now you might be wondering what does
this fruit have anything to do with the
significance of the Roman Empire and let
me tell you I have the exact same
question but we're actually going to be
discussing these limes
now the word lime is a Latin noun which
has many different meanings such as a
path or road a boundary line or marker
or any channels such as a stream but the
meaning that we're gonna use for our
purposes is a border defense or
delimiting system particularly to the
Roman Empire now if we refer back to our
first picture of our lime the particular
one I just showed you is a Saul brick
fort which has actually been rebuilt and
turned into a museum you can visit in
Germany this fort was on the frontier of
the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribal
territories here's another photo this
shows right outside of the main gates
now back to a more general overview the
word limes was adopted by historians in
a more general sense to mean the
boundaries of the Empire for example
they describe the Hadrian's Wall as a
Lima Britannicus as you can imagine this
border look is located in what is now
modern-day Britain but in that time it
was on the northern border of the empire
in this slide we can see the extent of
their territories in 117 ad which is in
the period that was considered the
height of the Roman Empire which was
from 96 to 180 ad next to this photo I
have listed some of the significant
lines of the Empire which include the
Antonine wall the Saxon Shore the limes
Germanicus limes Radhika's as well as
the limes Tripoli Tunis this is a
diagram showing the standardized
fortress layout although not all of them
had the same layout
there were many similarities and they
all tended to have the same essential
elements as you can see in this diagram
the important parts were the
headquarters the prefix house the
stables and the hospital some of these
fortresses also had villages attached to
them and a small number of civilians
lived there as well life was tough
these people because they were living on
the outskirts and there was a danger of
wraiths and soldiers from other kingdoms
trying to conquer their fortresses now
these fortresses were mainly inhabited
by soldiers called lamilton I they were
lower status and lower paid than their
other army counterparts and they were
also serving as border guards and
customs police to prevent rates their
role changed from their emergence to the
fall of the Roman Empire in the 4th
century the lament and I were hired
professional soldiers and they were
formed by the combination of both
infantry and cavalry as well as the
river flotillas however after the 5th
century they were part-time soldiers and
by the time the 6th century came they
were unpaid militia

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