Roman Britain: A New History

Roman Britain: A New History

by Guy de la Bedoyere
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Thames & Hudson


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Roman Britain: A New History

“This truly wonderful book is now the best available synthesis of Roman Britain. It is also the most attractive. Essential.”—Choice
This lively and authoritative account of Britain as a Roman province sets the Roman conquest and occupation of the island within the larger context of Romano-British society and how it functioned.
In the introductory chapters, Guy de la Bédoyère outlines events from the Iron Age period immediately preceding the conquest in AD 43 to Emperor Honorius’s advice to the Britons in 410 to fend for themselves. He then discusses the issues facing Britons after the absorption of their culture by an invading army, including the role of government and the military in the province; religion, commerce, and technology; and day-to-day life both in towns and in the countryside.
Beautifully illustrated, the book includes reconstruction drawings, dramatic aerial views of Roman remains, and a wide array of images of Roman villas, mosaics, coins, pottery, and sculpture. The narrative is brought vividly to life by inscriptions found on tombstones and buildings and quotes from historians such as Tacitus and Dio, and there are feature boxes throughout devoted to topics ranging from the building of Hadrian’s Wall to the discovery of the Vindolanda writing tablets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500287484
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Guy de la Bédoyère is the author of numerous books on the period, including Eagles Over Britannia, Roman Towns in Britain, and Defying Rome: The Rebels of Roman Britain. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

1Caesar & Iron Age Britain10
2The Conquest of Britain: AD 43-14223
The Vindolanda Writing Tablets48
Hadrian's Wall54
3Later Roman Britain59
4Governing Britain79
Coinage in Roman Britain81
Roads & Milestones92
Building Roman Roads94
Roman London96
5Military Installations101
The Legions108
The Auxilia113
6Towns in Roman Britain130
Forum & Basilica140
Public Baths144
Water Supply146
Theatres & Amphitheatres150
Roman Bath158
7Industry, Commerce & Production160
Pottery in Roman Britain170
8The Countryside & Villas182
9People & Places of Roman Britain206
Death & Burial212
Slavery in Roman Britain226
10Religion in Roman Britain228
Classical Temples236
Romano-Celtic Temples242
The Cult of Mithras248
11The Aftermath254
Late Treasure Hoards258
Visiting Roman Britain274
Illustration Credits283

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