- Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
- Format: Hardback | 528 pages
- Dimensions: 172mm x 254mm x 34mm | 1,066g
- Publication date: 14 December 2006
- Publication City/Country: Oxford
- ISBN 10: 0631218238
- ISBN 13: 9780631218234
- Illustrations note: 120
This major survey of the history and culture of Roman Britain spans the period from the first century BC to the fifth century AD. * Major survey of the history and culture of Roman Britain * Brings together specialists to provide an overview of recent debates about this period * Exceptionally broad coverage, embracing political, economic, cultural and religious life * Focuses on changes in Roman Britain from the first century BC to the fifth century AD * Includes pioneering studies of the human population and animal resources of the island.
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Malcolm Todd is an archaeologist and ancient historian. He has held chairs in the universities of Exeter and Durham, Visiting Fellowships at All Souls College and Brasenose College, Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellowship of the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. He is the author of books on the Roman West and the early Germanic peoples, including The Early Germans (second edition, Blackwell, 2004), Migrants and Invaders (2001) and Roman Britain (third edition, Blackwell, 1999). He retired as Principal of Trevelyan College, Durham, in 2000.
"This volume is an invaluable source of current research into marginal areas not often covered by other books on Roman Britain. The essays are well written, concise and take the reader straight to the heart of the matter. This volume is an excellent addition to the existing volumes in the Blackwell Companions to British History series." Reference Reviews "The authors are leading researchers and their individual statements all contain a wealth of information and interpretation which will make the Companion a useful resource." Britannia
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This major survey of the history and culture of Roman Britain spans the period from the first century BC to the fifth century AD. It brings together specialists in the field to provide an overview of recent debates about Roman Britain, synthesizing the latest research in archaeology, literature, numismatics, and history. The contributors examine how historians' understanding of developments in political, economic, cultural, and religious life in Roman Britain has changed over time. They also explain the evolution of the Roman British society over its 500-year existence. This "Companion" will be invaluable to all those interested in the history of the period and its interpretation. The pioneering studies of the human population and animal resources of the island will be of particular interest to scholars.
Table of contents
List of Figures. List of Contributors. Abbreviations. Introduction (Malcolm Todd). 1. Britain and the Continent: Networks of Interaction (Barry Cunliffe). 2. Society and Polity in Late Iron Age Britain (Colin Haselgrove). 3. The Native Elite and their Funerary Practices from the First Century BC to Nero (Rosalind Niblett). 4. The Claudian Conquest and its Consequences (Malcolm Todd). 5. The Conquest of Wales (William Manning). 6. The Roman Penetration of the North in the Late First Century AD (Gordon Maxwell). 7. Soldier and Civilian in Wales (Jeffrey Davies). 8. The Northern Frontier from Trajan to Antonius Pius: Roman Builders and Native Britons (James Crow). 9. Scotland and the Northern Frontier: Second to Fourth Centuries AD (W. S. Hanson). 10. Cities and Urban Life (Michael J. Jones). 11. Gallo-British Deities and their Shrines (Miranda Aldhouse-Green). 12. Roman Religion and Roman Culture in Britain (Martin Henig). 13. The Human Population: Health and Disease (Charlotte Roberts and Margaret Cox). 14. The Family in Roman Britain (Lindsay Allason-Jones and Alexandra Croom). 16. Textiles and Dress (John Peter Wild). 17. Economic Structures (Michael Fulford). 18. Rural Settlement in Northern Britain (Richard Hingley). 19. Rural Settlement in Southern Britain: A Regional Survey (Anthony King). 20. Domestic Animals and their Uses (Annie Grant). 21. The Army in Late Roman Britain (Pat Southern). 22. Britain in the Fourth Century (Simon Esmonde Cleary). 23. The Final Phase (Ian Wood). 24. The Rediscovery of Roman Britain (Malcolm Todd). Bibliography. Index.