Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

At the Roman boundary wall

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Series:

Der praktische Schulmann

Timeframe:

Antike

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

Planck, W.

Publisher:

Der praktische Schulmann, Stuttgart

Year of publication:

1933

Themes:

Trade    European history   

The picture shows the limes, the boundary wall which marked the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Behind the stone watch tower you can see the palisade wall. Within sight you can see a second watch tower in the background. With help of light and horn signals sentries communicated between the towers. In front of the earth walls on both sides of the guarded tower merchants with loaded wagons are waiting for the permission to pass the border. This refers to the significance the limes had for the control of economic traffic and trade. On 15th of July 2005 the Limes Germanicus was added to the UNESCO world heritage list. The boundary wall served as military early-warning system, customs control and was used for communication purposes.