STARK, Dame Freya Madeline. Rome on the Euphrates. The Story of a Frontier.

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STARK, Dame Freya Madeline. Rome on the Euphrates. The Story of a Frontier. London, John Murray, [1966].

8vo. Original blue buckram, lettered in gilt on the upper board and spine, top edge light blue/grey, dustwrapper, not price-clipped; pp. xi, 481; title printed in red and black, dedication with vignette after Reynolds Stone, 24 monochrome photographic plates printed recto-and-verso, the majority after Stark, one folding map printed in brown and black, and one double-page map in the text; a near-fine copy.
First edition, first printing. In later life, Stark (?1893-1993) turned from writing accounts of contemporary events and travels in the Middle East and Central Asia, in order 'to meditate on history and landscape in a series of books based on journeys to sites of classical antiquity' (ODNB), beginning with Ionia: A Quest (1954), in which she visited locations in Asia Minor described by Herodotus. Rome on the Euphrates narrates the history of the Euphrates as a geographical and political frontier through the eight centuries of Roman warfare around it that followed the Battle of Magnesia in 189BC.

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