Coins and Power in Late Iron Age Britain

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Cunobelin, Shakespeare's Cymbeline, ruled much of south east Britain in the years before Claudius' legions arrived, creating the Roman province of Britannia. But what do we know of him and his rule, and that of competing dynasties in south east Britain? This book examines the background to these, the first individuals in British history. It explores the way in which rulers bolstered their power through the use of imagery on coins, myths, language, and material culture.
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Overview

Cunobelin, Shakespeare's Cymbeline, ruled much of south east Britain in the years before Claudius' legions arrived, creating the Roman province of Britannia. But what do we know of him and his rule, and that of competing dynasties in south east Britain? This book examines the background to these, the first individuals in British history. It explores the way in which rulers bolstered their power through the use of imagery on coins, myths, language, and material culture.
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'This book represents a major shift in interpretation away from the traditional picture ... this is a book which will merit much picking over and debate ... it is one which could fundamentally change our view of the Late Iron Age and the beginning of Roman Britain.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Note on translations used
Introduction 1
1 The Middle to Late Iron Age transition 4
2 Coin and the representation of individual authority 22
3 The Southern and Eastern kingdoms 55
4 Classical imagery and ideology in Britain 80
5 The location of Britain in the Roman world 126
6 Legends and language 146
7 Dynasties and identities 174
8 Conclusion and epilogue: from Britain to Britannia 216
App A brief introduction to Iron Age coinage in Britain 222
References 228
Index of coin types 238
General index 241
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