The Edge of the Empire

The Edge of the Empire

by Bronwen Riley
The Edge of the Empire

The Edge of the Empire

by Bronwen Riley



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AD 130. Rome is the dazzling heart of a vast empire and Hadrian its most complex and compelling ruler. Faraway Britannia is one of the Romans' most troublesome provinces: here the sun is seldom seen and "the atmosphere in the country is always gloomy."What awaits the traveller to Britannia? How will you get there? What do you need to pack? What language will you speak? How does London compare to Rome? Are there any tourist attractions? And what dangers lurk behind Hadrian's new Wall?Combining an extensive range of Greek and Latin sources with a sound understanding of archaeology, Bronwen Riley describes an epic journey from Rome to Hadrian’s Wall at the empire's northwestern frontier. In this strikingly original history of Roman Britain, she evokes the smells, sounds, colors, and sensations of life in the second century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681771779
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 894,963
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bronwen Riley is the head of guidebooks at English Heritage. She studied Classics at Oxford and then Byzantine Art at the Courtauld Institute. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Maps 9

Introduction: Evoking the Past 13

I Rome, Heart of Empire 21

II Setting Sail from Ostia 42

III Through Gaul to Ocean 63

IV Arrival in Britannia 79

V London, Seat of Power 90

VI Westwards to Silchester 112

VII Bath, a Tourist Hotspot 127

VIII The Fortress and Amphitheatre at Caerleon 149

IX A New Forum at Wroxeter, Capital of Cattle Country 169

X To the Wall 182

Postscript: Beyond AD 130: People, Politics and Places 216

Checklist of Latin and English Place Names 232

Bibliography 235

Notes on the Text 253

Acknowledgements 305

Index 307

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