Roman Britainby John S. Wacher, John Wacher
A fully revised edition of an accessible and authoritative account of Roman Britain. Presented in a logical, clearly written and readable style it is the ideal introduction for the newcomer to the subject and a valuable sourcebook for the specialist. John Wacher is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Leicester and author of many works on Roman Britain including the highly regarded Towns of Roman Britain.
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The book is divided into nine chapters: Britain Before The Romans, Warfare And Its Consequences, Cities, Towns, and Minor Settlements, Farms and Gardens, Organization and Management, Work, Superstitions And Beliefs, Leisure, and lastly, And After The Romans? After the last chapter, there are two appendices: Further Reading, and Index. The book begins with the expected front matter, Title Page, copyright acknowledgements, Table of Contents, and a List of Illustrations (detailing maps, photographs, and line drawings contained in the book), and Prefaces to the First and Second Editions. Overall, the maps were adequate. However, within each chapter, the author discussed geographic regions, rivers, and cities, but never located these on the maps. Doing so would have left the reader less confused. One assumption that could be made is this book was intended for a European (or or native of the British Isles) audience, who would have been familiar with English place-names. Another issue I had with the maps is there was no 'overlay' to visually correlate the tribes to the counties in which they lived, or cities and counties. Another item that was annoying, the author seemed to be telling his story strictly from the British point of view, leaving out much detail at critical points about the Romans. For example, he says "and it is this period that the oft-quoted passage of the contemporary geographer, Strabo, refers." He doesn't list which of Strabo's works is the source. Another observation I would make is the index doesn't have all the names or words used in the book listed. I would expect a work of this nature to be more thorough in that regard. Overall, except for the annoyances mentioned above, it was a dense, scholarly, but enjoyable work to read.