The Romans Who Shaped Britain

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A biographical history of the Romans who conquered and dominated Britain, based on the latest archaeological evidence and original source material.Here are the stories of the people who built and ruled Roman Britain, from the eagle-bearer who leaped off Caesar?s ship into the waves at Walmer in 55BC to the last cavalry units to withdraw from the island under their dragon standards in the early fifth century AD.Through the lives of its generals and governors, this book explores the narrative of Britannia as an ...

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Overview

A biographical history of the Romans who conquered and dominated Britain, based on the latest archaeological evidence and original source material.Here are the stories of the people who built and ruled Roman Britain, from the eagle-bearer who leaped off Caesar’s ship into the waves at Walmer in 55BC to the last cavalry units to withdraw from the island under their dragon standards in the early fifth century AD.Through the lives of its generals and governors, this book explores the narrative of Britannia as an integral and often troublesome part of Rome’s empire, a hard-won province whose mineral wealth and agricultural prosperity made it crucial to the stability of the West. But Britannia did not exist in a vacuum, and the authors set it in an international context to give a vivid account of the pressures and events that had a profound impact on its people and its history.The authors discuss the lives and actions of the Roman occupiers against the backdrop of an evolving landscape, where Iron Age shrines were replaced by marble temples and industrial-scale factories and granaries sprang up across the countryside.

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“Based on current scholarly research, provides a refreshing alternative that follows the saga of Roman Britain over five centuries through the individuals who placed their stamp on its exciting history.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500251898
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 962,765
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Moorhead of the British Museum was voted Archaeologist of the Year at the 2011 British Archaeology Awards.

David Stuttard taught at the universities of Edinburgh, St.
Andrews and York, and has written numerous books including, along with Sam Moorhead, The Romans
Who Shaped Britain.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Re-Imagining Roman Britain 6

1 To Boldly Go 12

2 Elephants and Castles 39

3 Revolt 64

4 Shock and Awe versus Hearts and Minds 88

5 The Limits of the World 120

6 Band of Brothers 135

7 The Scourge of Scotland 144

8 The Britannic Empire 168

9 Blessed Isle 182

10 Turmoil 198

11 Meltdown 212

12 Praying for the Coming

of the Once and Future King 239

Epilogue 251

Timeline of Roman Britain 252

Glossary of Roman Administrative Terms and Titles 256

Notes 258

Further Reading 275

Acknowledgments 283

Illustration Sources 284

Index 285

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