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This "city" was founded in Egypt in 24 BC, by Octativan after his final victory over Antony and the surrender of Alexandria. Though Augustus hoped to found a city that would steal some of the political and commercial supremacy of its neighbor, Alexandria, Nicopolis was only ever a suburb. By establishing a garrison camp in Nicopolis, Augustus hoped to maintain order in that region. The location of the militarized suburb is important as it was close to the pastureland east of Alexandria, an area known for spawning rebellion against the Roman authorities.
Posted at Dec 06/2010 04:01PM:
ian: A good example of the spatial politics of imperial domination.