Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Aug 10, 2000 - History - 78 pages
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Britain was within the orbit of Graeco-Roman civilization for at least half a millennium, and for over 350 years part of the political union created by the Roman Empire that encompassed most of Europe and all the countries of the Mediterranean. First published as part of the best-selling Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Peter Salway's Very Short Introduction to Roman Britain weaves together the results of archaeological investigation and historical scholarship in a rounded and highly readable concise account. He charts life in Roman Britain from the first Roman invasion under Julius Caesar to the final collapse of the Roman Empire in the West around AD 500. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #17)

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As noted by many other reviews, this VSI is simply too light on the subject it purports to cover. Indeed, its most valuable use may simply be as a reminder of Roman titles and positions during the ... Read full review

Review: Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #17)

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A very brief and not particularly informative installment in the VSI history of Britain series. Roman Britain is really not a very interesting subject (except, perhaps, for the Boudicca revolt) and pre-occupation with it distracts people from what is actually interesting about the Roman empire. Read full review


The Beginnings of British History
The Roman Conquest
Britain under the Late Empire
The End of Roman Rule
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Peter Salway, formerly a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and subsequently of All Souls College, Oxford, is an Emeritus Professor of the Open University and Chairman of the Oxford Archaeological Unit. His publications include The Oxford Illustrated History of Roman Britain, published by OUP in 1993 (reissued in paperback by OUP in 1997 as A History of Roman Britain). He has served as a Member of Council of the National Trust (appointed by the Society of Antiquaries), and was one of the editors of The Remains of Distant Times: Archaeology and the National Trust (Boydell, 1996). He has also published a substantial number of articles and reviews in learned journals and publications for the general reader, mostly on Roman Britain and Classical Antiquity in general, a few on medieval and later British archaeology and architectural history.

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