Roman Rule in the Balkans, c. 200 CE

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Simeon Netchev
published on 14 June 2024
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A map illustrating Roman rule in the Balkans around 200 CE, characterized by significant administrative, military, and cultural integration into the Empire. The region was divided into several provinces (Moesia Superior, Moesia Inferior, Thrace, Dacia, Dalmatia, Achaea, Macedonia, and Epirus,) each governed by Roman officials who oversaw local administration, justice, and tax collection.

Urban centres with diverse forms of governance flourished, featuring forums, Roman baths, amphitheatres, and aqueducts. The Balkans served as a critical military frontier, with numerous legions stationed along the Danube River to defend against invasions. Notable forts along the Danube and inland ensured robust defence against significant threats from Germanic, Dacian, and Sarmatian tribes, as well as internal rebellions and coastal piracy. Economically, the region benefited from extensive trade networks. The spread of Roman law, language, and culture led to a significant degree of Romanization, though local customs and traditions persisted. Despite occasional internal strife and external threats, the Balkans experienced relative stability and prosperity under Roman rule.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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Netchev, Simeon. "Roman Rule in the Balkans, c. 200 CE." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 14 Jun 2024. Web. 18 Jul 2024.