The Romans Who Shaped Britain

The Romans Who Shaped Britain

by Sam Moorhead, David Stuttard
     
 

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

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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 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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500251898
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
735,567
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 writtennumerous books including A History of Ancient Greece in Fifty Lives and, along with SamMoorhead, The Romans Who Shaped Britain.

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