Rome on the Euphrates, The Story of a Frontier
This copy signed by H A N Barlow who filmed Freya Stark in India in 1945
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 23.5 × 15.5cm, 481pp.
This copy has two previous owner's signatures. The first is Henry Arthur Northey Barlow (as H.A.N. Barlow), a Colonial Administrator who filmed Freya Stark when she visited Indore Residency (Madhya Pradesh) for a short film entitled "India—A Residency" (see the BFI library). He later became part of the Secretariat in Lusaka in Zambia. The second is C J Klyberg. He became the Bishop of Fulham but was the Dean of Lusaka before ordination to the episcopate.
When Roman legions marched into Asia Minor in 200BC, their plan was to secure a buffer zone between the Mediterranean, which they virtually owned, and the area beyond, which they sought to isolate rather than control. Along the long frontier of the Euphrates in Turkey lay the easternmost limits of the Roman Empire—a region they called Augusta Euphrantentis. Their expanding involvement lasted eight centuries, draining their energies and culminating in the destruction of the bridge that, since the time of Alexander the Great, had linked China to the commerce of the Mediterranean. Tracing the path of this ancient river and highlighting her travels with the vibrant history of 800 years of Roman warfare and the history of this mighty river, Freya Stark ultimately reveals the futility of war, of arbitrary boundaries, and territorial conquest. Rome on the Euphrates, at once travel and history, is one of her most magnificent and highly acclaimed works.
The book is in good plus condition, with light and occasional foxing to the pages. A previous owner has pasted in a postcard of Freya Stark's portrait by Herbert Olivier to the copyright page. The dustwrapper is a bit creased to top edge and flaps and has some surface marking but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.