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    DescriptionThe lands in the north of Britain in what we now called Scotland, then occupied by Celtic settlers, never became part of the Roman empire, in spite of being invaded several times. The northernmost frontier of the empire was fortified for only a few years after the battle of Mons Graupius in AD 84, when the Caledonians were defeated by Gnaeus Julius Agricola. Work on the construction of an alternative frontier, represented by the elaborate defenses of the Antonine Wall, began in about 142. It was maintained hardly longer than 25 years, and by 180 the Roman invaders had retreated back to Hadrian's Wall. After further Celtic activity, a temporary truce was negotiated personally by the emperor Septimus Severus in 209. Thereafter, until their empire began to collapse, the Romans maintained a fragile hold on Hadrian's Wall in the face of furious attacks by marauding Picts and Scotti (Scots), and a combined operation by land and sea in 367 against the whole of Roman Britain by the northern Celts in an alliance with the Franks and Saxons. "The Last Frontier" is a fresh account of these momentous events and the background to them, based on a reassessment of the original sources and on recent archaeological evidence. Extracts from Latin texts, including Tacitus, who wrote a biography of Agricola, are in new translations. The author also sets the involvement of Rome in the context of the development of Scotland from prehistoric times to nationhood.


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    Title
    The Last Frontier
    Subtitle
    The Roman Invasions of Scotland
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Antony Kamm, Illustrated by Robert Burns, Illustrated by Jennifer Campbell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 249 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781906476069
    ISBN 10: 1906476063
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC classification: D
    B&T Approval Code: A15202020
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET200
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SCOTIS
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    Illustrations note
    b/w maps, b/w battle plan
    Publisher
    NEIL WILSON PUBLISHING
    Imprint name
    NEIL WILSON PUBLISHING
    Publication date
    01 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Glasgow
    Author Information
    Antony Kamm read classics and English at Oxford University and is a former lecturer in publishing studies at Stirling University. His publications include The Romans: An Introduction (second edition 2008), The Israelites: An Introduction (1999), Julius Caesar: A Life (2006), and other books on historical and Scottish topics, for children as well as adults.
    Review quote
    As accessible as it is scholarly. Properly set in the context of events elsewhere in the empire, it provides a straightforward account of this early episode in Scotland's story ... Mr Kamm informs and entertains in equal measure. Tom Kyle, the Scottish Daily Mail His writing is clear and precise ... The author makes an excellent job of explaining and, where necessary, simplifying the tangled web of what we know, or think we know, about Roman activities between the walls and weaves this tale into the bigger picture as seen from Rome ... All is told in 175 enthralling pages. Ian Keillar in History Scotland
    Table of contents
    Reviews Dedication List of maps Preface and acknowledgments 1. The Celts in Scotland 2. The Romans and their world 3. The invasions of Britain 4. The northern campaign 5. Aftermath of battle 6. Between two walls 7. Retreat 8. Pict and Scot 9. Towards a nation Timelines Places to visit Sources Index