The Oxford Illustrated History of Roman Britain

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In The Oxford Illustrated History of Roman Britain, noted classical historian Peter Salway provides a rich account of Britain's centuries under Roman rule. Britain, Salway writes, was a place of fascination for the Romans--a fascination he brings to life with hundreds of beautiful illustrations and a thorough, authoritative narrative.
Before and even after the first contact with the Britons, the author writes, the Romans thought of the British Isles as an exotic place at the ...
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In The Oxford Illustrated History of Roman Britain, noted classical historian Peter Salway provides a rich account of Britain's centuries under Roman rule. Britain, Salway writes, was a place of fascination for the Romans--a fascination he brings to life with hundreds of beautiful illustrations and a thorough, authoritative narrative.
Before and even after the first contact with the Britons, the author writes, the Romans thought of the British Isles as an exotic place at the edge of the world, across the only ocean they knew. Salway introduces us to what is known of the pre-Roman Britons, and deftly describes Julius Caesar's dramatic expeditions in 55 and 54 B.C; in the years that followed, new contacts grew between the Romans and the inhabitants of this strange island. Salway's comprehensive narrative blends together the changing politics and ways of life of the native Britons, the climactic conquest under Claudius and the subsequent, often violent consolidation, and the place of the new province in Imperial affairs. Time and time again, he notes, this distant part of the Roman Empire demanded the finest military commanders and vast expenditures for fortifications and development. He explores the process of urbanization, as British aristocrats adapted to Roman norms, and such issues as the changing religion (with the spread of first Roman cults and then Christianity). He carefully integrates the story of Roman Britain into the story of the Empire itself, showing the close attention the emperors paid to British affairs, and the interventions in imperial politics by the legions stationed there. Salway draws on the latest archeological finds, thoughtfully assessing the evidence and weaving it into his seamless narrative.
Of course, The Oxford Illustrated History of Roman Britain features hundreds of outstanding photographs and diagrams--all chosen to offer fresh insight into this distant period. Archeological sites, artifacts, coins, reconstructions, present day settings, and much more appear in both black and white and full color photographs, with informative captions by the author. Highly authoritative and highly readable, this volume brings alive the classical past of a familiar part of today's world.

Noted classical historian Peter Salway provides a rich account of Britain's centuries under Roman rule. Salway notes that Britain was a place of fascination for the Romans--a fascination he brings to life with hundreds of beautiful illustrations and a thorough, authoritative narrative. 24 pages of color plates; halftones and line drawings.

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Salway, a noted scholar on Roman Britain (Roman Britain, Oxford Univ. Pr., 1981; Frontier People of Roman Britain, Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1965), has written an exemplary book. The work begins with a short discussion of Britain before the first Roman invasion and ends with discussions on the influences of over 500 years of Roman rule on the British economy, religion, society, and daily life. The writing is clear, concise, and highly readable. The impressive illustrations (over 320 maps, drawings, photographs, and color plates) add significantly to the text. Many of the items shown are recent archaeological discoveries, some of which have not been published before. Pictures and text, together with the select bibliography, the chronological calendar, and the excellent index, combine to create an important, accessible work that general readers as well as scholars will appreciate. Recommended for academic, public, and school library collections.-Pamela A. Grudzien, Central Michigan Univ., Mt. Pleasant
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198229841
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Peter Salway is a Professor of Ancient History at the Open University in Great Britain, and is the author of the volume on Roman Britain in the Oxford History of Britain.

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Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Maps
I The First Roman Contacts
1 The British Background 3
2 The Expeditions of Caesar 17
3 From Caesar to Claudius 28
II The Roman Conquest
4 The Claudian Invasion 49
5 Resistance and Revolt 73
6 Recovery and Advance 87
7 Hadrianic Britain 122
8 The Antonine Frontier 139
III Imperial Crisis and Recovery
9 Marcus Aurelius and Commodus 151
10 Civil War and its Aftermath 161
11 From Caracalla to Diocletian 172
11 The Tetrarchy 199
13 Constantine the Great 221
14 The Middle of the Fourth Century 243
15 The Restoration of Order 267
IV The End of Roman Britain
16 The Collapse of Imperial Rule in Britain 291
17 Postscript to Roman Britain 313
V Britain Under Roman Rule
18 The Assimilation of Britain 337
19 The Historical Geography of Roman Britain 368
20 Town and Country 391
21 The Economy 427
22 Religion and Society 469
Further Reading 531
Chronology 539
List of Roman Emperors 545
Acknowledgements of Sources 547
Index 551
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