chapter  VIII
The "Romanization" of the Frontier
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We have concentrated up to this point upon the economic and urban development of the frontier districts and border provinces, aspects of frontier life in which the Roman imperial civil and military administration interfered very little. Within these limits, Roman administration might appear to have been a somewhat distant and single-minded authority, governing the frontier, as the North American colonies were once said to have been governed by Great Britain, in accordance with a policy of benign neglect. This was true in certain areas of frontier life, but the principles upon which imperial administration operated were hardly benign.