English Heritage Book of Roman Towns in Britain
Before the Roman conquest there were few settlements in Britain that could properly be described as towns and their rapid growth was one of the first effects of the invasion of AD 43. This book traces the process of urbanization and provides answers to questions about how Roman towns grew and functioned: why towns are sited where they are, who lived in them, what services and facilities they provided, how they were organized, and their role in trade, industry and economy.
Roman towns, with their impressive public buildings on a scale not seen before in Britain, must have had a great impact on the native population. They have attracted attention ever since and a vast amount of evidence for the Roman towns, many of which lie beneath modern British cities, has been recovered. This book draws together as much of this information as possible to present a picture of life in the Roman towns of Britain.
With over 100 maps, plans, reconstructions and photographs, this is the complete companion to the Roman Towns in Britain - whether you wish to study the sites before or after a visit, or whether you are simply an armchair archaeologist.
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The foundation of towns
Conquest and colonization
Reconstruction and growth of towns
Insecurity and urban decline?
Trade industry and urban economies
Religion in towns
The collapse of Roman towns
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