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The Roman occupation of Britain and its legacy

The Roman occupation of Britain and its legacy / by Sir Rupert Jackson.
London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2021.
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ix, 347 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"This book tells the fascinating story of Roman Britain, beginning with the late pre-Roman Iron Age and ending with the province's independence from Roman rule in AD 409. Incorporating for the first time the most recent archaeological discoveries from Hadrian's Wall, London and other sites across the country, and richly illustrated throughout with photographs and maps, this reliable and up-to-date new account is essential reading for students, non-specialists and general readers alike. Writing in a clear, readable and lively style, Rupert Jackson draws on current research and new findings to deepen our understanding of the role played by Britain in the Roman Empire, deftly integrating the ancient texts with new archaeological material. A key theme of the book is that Rome's annexation of Britain was an imprudent venture, motivated more by political prestige than economic gain, such that Britain became a 'trophy province' unable to pay its own way. However, the impact that Rome and its provinces had on this distant island was nevertheless profound: huge infrastructure projects transformed the countryside and means of travel, capital and principal cities emerged, and the Roman way of life was inseparably absorbed into local traditions. Many of those transformations continue to resonate to this day, as we encounter their traces in both physical remains and in civic life"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Jackson, Rupert, The Roman occupation of Britain and its legacy London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
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December 02, 2020
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction and background
Britain in the Iron Age
The first invasions: Julius Caesar
The invasion of southern Britain: the Emperor Claudius
Britain in the mid-first century
Boudica's rebellion and its aftermath
The Flavian period
Life on the northern frontier
The Romanization of Britain in the first century
The Emperor Hadrian visits Britain
Britain in the second century
The Emperor Severus arrives and stays
The third century
The Emperor Constantine launches his career in Britain
Turmoil in the mid-fourth century
The final years of Roman Britain
Towns and urban life
Life in the countryside
Religion in Roman Britain
The Romano-British legacy.

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