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Real Lives of Roman Britain.

Author: Guy De la Bédoyère
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An innovative, informative, and entertaining history of Roman Britain told through the lives of individuals in all walks of life The Britain of the Roman Occupation is, in a way, an age that is dark to us. While the main events from 55 BC to AD 410 are little disputed, and the archaeological remains of villas, forts, walls, and cities explain a great deal, we lack a clear sense of individual lives. This book is the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
De la Bedoyere, Guy.
Real Lives of Roman Britain.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Guy De la Bédoyère
ISBN: 9780300214031 0300214030
OCLC Number: 1058436640
Description: 1 online resource (281 pages)
Contents: Cover page; Half title page; Title page; Copyright page; CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; Maps; CHAPTER ONE COLD CONTACT: THE COMING OF CAESAR, 55 BC-AD 41; CHAPTER TWO QUISLINGS AND REBELS, AD 41-61; CHAPTER THREE ROMAN BRITAIN'S BOOM YEARS, AD 61-161; CHAPTER FOUR LIFE ON THE FRONTIER; CHAPTER FIVE GODS AND GODDESSES; CHAPTER SIX DEATH, DISRUPTION AND DECLINE IN THE THIRD CENTURY; CHAPTER SEVEN ROMAN BRITAIN'S HIGH SUMMER, AD 307-410; CHAPTER EIGHT LOOKING BACK ON THE WORLD OF GIANTS, AD 410 AND AFTER; ROMAN NAMES AND ROMAN MONEY; DATES IN THE HISTORY OF ROMAN BRITAIN; GAZETTEER; A NOTE ON SOURCES. ABBREVIATIONSNOTES; SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY; Index.
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An innovative, informative, and entertaining history of Roman Britain told through the lives of individuals in all walks of life The Britain of the Roman Occupation is, in a way, an age that is dark to us. While the main events from 55 BC to AD 410 are little disputed, and the archaeological remains of villas, forts, walls, and cities explain a great deal, we lack a clear sense of individual lives. This book is the first to infuse the story of Britannia with a beating heart, the first to describe in detail who its inhabitants were and their place in our history. A lifelong specialist in Romano-British history, Guy de la Bédoyère is the first to recover the period exclusively as a human experience. He focuses not on military campaigns and imperial politics but on individual, personal stories. Roman Britain is revealed as a place where the ambitious scramble for power and prestige, the devout seek solace and security through religion, men and women eke out existences in a provincial frontier land. De la Bédoyère introduces Fortunata the slave girl, Emeritus the frustrated centurion, the grieving father Quintus Corellius Fortis, and the brilliant metal worker Boduogenus, among numerous others. Through a wide array of records and artifacts, the author introduces the colorful cast of immigrants who arrived during the Roman era while offering an unusual glimpse of indigenous Britons, until now nearly invisible in histories of Roman Britain.

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