The Real Lives of Roman Britain (Hardback)
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The Real Lives of Roman Britain (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 01/05/2015
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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 Bedoyere 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 Bedoyere 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.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300207194
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm

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“An emotional & uplifting read”

for those of us who have experienced Prep schools that have connections to the Roman world, Guy's research & observations provide a lucid insight towards forgotten worlds...

Hardback edition
19th July 2016
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“Brings Roman Britain to life”

Roads, villas, central heating we all know what the Romans did for us but we don't actually know who they were. This excellent history delves into the history of incompetent potters, workaday soldiers and East... More

Hardback edition
8th May 2015
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