An epic narrative journey from Rome to Hadrian's Wallin the empire's northwestern frontierbrings vividly to life the colors, smells, sounds, and sensations of travel in the second century.
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.
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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
Notes on the Text 253
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway --- The Edge of the Empire: A Journey to Britannia: From the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall by Bronwen Riley --- Oh, I felt like a time traveler.