Roman Britain: A New History

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Thames & Hudson Australia Pty, Limited, 2010 - History - 288 pages
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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 Be´doye`re 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.

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

Lively and engaging history of Roman Britain. Critically examines the archaeology, original sources and other historical interpretations. Also, lavishly illustrated, which given the importance of the archaeology in understanding the period made it both informative and a real pleasure. Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

This is really a fantastic book. The author has done a great job of presenting all of Roman Britain in a succinct yet complete way. Not too intellectual, not too simplistic. Great for a first-time read through of the era from the events to the archaeology. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Guy de la Bedoyere is the author of numerous books on the period. He lives in England.

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