The Roman Government of Britain

The Roman Government of Britain


By (author) Anthony R. Birley

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 548 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 234mm x 38mm | 980g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199252378
  • ISBN 13: 9780199252374
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

The Roman Government of Britain is a completely rewritten version of Professor Birley's Fasti of Roman Britain (1981), with biographical entries for all higher officials from AD 43 to 409. Several new governors, legionary legates, tribunes, procurators, and fleet prefects are included, and the entries for those previously known revised; and in this edition translations of all sources have been added. Introductory sections deal with career-structures in the principate and the changed system of the late empire. Evidence for imperial visits is also quoted and discussed. The work provides a full conspectus of all the literary, epigraphic, and numismatic sources for the history of Roman rule in Britain.

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Author information

Anthony R. Birley is Chairman of Trustees, Vindolanda Trust.

Review quote

A fine piece of scholarship, for which Birely and his helpers in Germany and Vindolanda are to be congratulated and thanked. John F. Drinkwater, Latomus, LXVII 2008 Its predecessor was something for an enquirer to take off the shelf with hope, returning it without disappointment; the new version joins that class Greece and Rome A full conspectus of all the literary, epigraphy, and numismatic sources for the history of Roman rule in Britain. Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

1. High officials of the undivided province, 43-c.213 ; 2. From Caracalla to Carinus, c.213-285 ; 3. Carausius and Allectus, 286-296 ; 4. The last century of Roman rule