Coins and Power in Late Iron Age Britain

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 6, 2000 - Social Science
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Cunobelin, Shakespeare's Cymbeline, ruled much of south-east Britain in the years before Claudius' legions arrived, creating the Roman province of Britannia. But what do we know of him and his rule, and that of competing dynasties in south-east Britain? This book examines the background to these, the first individuals in British history. It explores the way in which rulers bolstered their power through the use of imagery on coins, myths, language and material culture. After the visit of Caesar in 55 and 54 BC, the shadow of Rome played a fundamental role in this process. Combining the archaeological, literary and numismatic evidence, John Creighton paints a vivid picture of how people in late Iron Age Britain reacted to the changing world around them.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Middle to Late Iron Age transition
4
2 Coin and the representation of individual authority
22
3 The Southern and Eastern kingdoms
55
4 Classical imagery and ideology in Britain
80
5 The location of Britain in the Roman world
126
6 Legends and language
146
7 Dynasties and identities
174
from Britain to Britannia
216
APPENDIX A brief introduction to Iron Age coinage in Britain
222
REFERENCES
228
INDEX OF COIN TYPES
238
GENERAL INDEX
241
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