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The edge of the Empire : a journey to Britannia: from the heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall

Author: Bronwen Riley
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Pegasus books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"AD 130. Rome is the dazzling heart of a vast empire and Hadrian its most complex and compelling ruler. Far-away 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bronwen Riley
ISBN: 9781681771298 1681771292 9781681774350 1681774356
OCLC Number: 923794469
Notes: Published in England in 2015 under title: Journey to Britannia.
Description: 335 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Evoking the past --
Rome, heart of empire --
Setting sail from Ostia --
Through Gaul to Ocean --
Arrival in Britannia --
London, seat of power --
Westwards to Silchester --
Bath, a tourist hotspot --
The fortress and amphitheatre at Caerleon --
A new forum at Wroxeter, capital of cattle country --
To the Wall --
Postscript: Beyond AD 130: people, politics and places.
Other Titles: Journey to Britannia
Responsibility: Bronwen Riley.

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"AD 130. Rome is the dazzling heart of a vast empire and Hadrian its most complex and compelling ruler. Far-away 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 a dramatic 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."--Jacket flap.

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