The Romanization of Britain: An Essay in Archaeological Interpretation

The Romanization of Britain: An Essay in Archaeological Interpretation

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By (author) Martin Millett

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 242mm x 18mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 25 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521428645
  • ISBN 13: 9780521428644
  • Illustrations note: l5 plates, 80 line drawings, 32 tables
  • Sales rank: 426,416

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The Romanization of Britain is an innovative study of cultural change and interaction. While there are many narrative histories of Roman Britain, this synthesis of the latest archaeological work presents the evidence in a new and provocative way. Dr Millett examines the romanization of Britain as a social process, and from a local perspective, by looking in detail at patterns of interaction between Roman imperialism and the native Roman population. Wide-ranging and extensive data from archaeology, historical sources and inscriptions are interpreted through anthropological and socio-economic models. The focus is, however, always on the excavated material, providing a clear explanation for it without overemphasis on the literary sources. All the distinctive aspects of Romano-British life are covered, including pottery production and trade, civic organization and building, and the military presence and its integration. The experience of Roman Britain is also used for more general conclusions about the nature of romanization throughout the Roman Empire.

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'... a new way of looking at Romanisation ... Millett's analysis provides many new insights as well as dispelling some myths.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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This is an innovative study of cultural change and interaction. While there are many narrative histories of Roman Britain, this synthesis of the latest archaeological work presents the evidence in a new and provocative way.

Table of contents

1. The nature of Roman imperialism; 2. The pattern of later iron age societies; 3. The invasion strategy and its consequences; 4. The emergence of the 'civitates'; 5. The maturity of the 'civitates'; 6. Development at the periphery; 7. The developed economy; 8. Later Roman rural development; 9. Epilogue: decline and fall?