Roman Roads in Britain

Roman Roads in Britain

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By (author) Hugh Marlais Davies


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  • Format: Paperback | 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 216mm x 8mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 17 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 074780690X
  • ISBN 13: 9780747806905
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.), 1 map
  • Sales rank: 266,478

Product description

The vast networks of roads throughout the Roman Empire were vital to the expansion of Roman culture, power and influence across the world and one of their principal uses was the transportation of the Legions to strategic bases in the most direct way possible. This book details the planning, construction and maintenance of these road networks, and discusses the different types of Roman road found in areas of Britain, and their many uses. With photographs of surviving roads in Britain and a list of where they are still in use, "Roman Roads" is a perfect introduction to a Roman legacy that exists to this day.

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Author information

Hugh Davies graduated in Applied Mathematics at the University of Wales, Swansea in 1962 and spent much of his working life working as a scientist on various aspects of modern road design, retiring in 1994. Two years later he began a study of Roman roads, in the Archaeology and Classics Departments of Reading University, gaining a PhD in 2001. Since then he has written several books and articles, both on Roman roads and road-making in other periods of Britain's history. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. He is also the author of "Roads in Roman Britain" and "From Trackways to Motorways: 5000 Years of Highway History."

Review quote

"Written by a civil engineer who wrote a PhD on the study of Roman roads, "Roman Roads in Britain" really is a perfect introduction to one legacy of Romano-Britain that can still be seen, and driven on, today... This jammed with well-written, interesting information, detailing the vast network of roads that extended Rome's influence across its northernmost province, their construction and their maintenance." -"British Heritage" (July 2009)

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. The Extent of the Roman Road Network 3. Planning and Construction 4. Roman Road Names 5. Roman Roads Since Roman Times 6. Roman Roads in the Modern Landscape 7. Exploring Roman Roads 8. Conclusions 9. Further Reading 10. Lists of Museums Appendix I: Glossary Appendix II: Index of Place Names Appenddix III: Roman Roads with Traditional Names Index