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The Limes Germanicus
in the second century AD

Frontiers of the Roman Empire is a World Heritage Site. It is composed of three walls in different parts of Europe. They were part of the frontiers of the Roman Empire.


Limes (plural: 'Limites') is the Latin name of walls at the border of the Roman empire. There were many such fortifications.[1]

The Latin word has a number of meanings, but the most common one is border.[2]

The term limes was used by Roman writers to describe paths, walls, boundary stones, rivers marking a boundary,[1] but its meaning was not the same as the modern boundary.[2]

Some notable examples of Roman limites are:



  1. 1.0 1.1, Limes; retrieved 2012-4-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ellenblum, Roni. (2006). Crusader castles and modern histories, p. 122; excerpt, " is the modern traveller and scholar who attributes to the limes all the meanings of a boundary line. The Roman sources themselves are mute concerning the existence of border lines, and it was modern scholarship which assumed that the Romans were capable of realizing in practice what they could not define verbally."
  3., Mobene (Qasr Bshir); retrieved 2012-4-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 UNESCO, "Frontiers of the Roman Empire"; retrieved 2012-4-25.
  5., Limes Tripolitanus; retrieved 2012-4-25.

Other websites

Media related to Limes (frontier) at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Limes (Upper Germanic) at Wikimedia Commons

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