The Towns of Roman Britain

The Towns of Roman Britain

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This edition of the text has been rewritten and re-illustrated to take account of the extensive new excavations and interpretations that have taken place since the book was first published twenty years ago. The central section of the text covers the origin, development, public and private buildings, fortifications, character and demise of each of the twenty-one major towns of the province: the provincial capital of London; the coloniae - Colchester, Lincoln, Gloucester and York; the first civitas capitals - Canterbury, Verulamium and Chelmsford; from client kingdoms to civitas - Caister-by-Norwich, Chichester, Silchester and Winchester; Flavian expansion - Cirencester, Dorchester, Exeter, Leicester and Wroxeter; and Hadrianic stimulation - Caerwent, Carmarthen, Brough-on-Humber and Aldborough. The introductory chapters address the general questions of definition and urbanization, while the concluding chapter examines the reasons for the decay and final more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 188.7 x 245.6 x 29.5mm | 1,143.06g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • New ed of 2 Revised ed
  • 186 text illustrations
  • 0415170419
  • 9780415170413

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"There is nothing to match this book as a scholarly yet readable survey of a massive subject in single volume."-Classical Views "This book, with its clean prose, excellent illustrations and fascinating story, makes a major contribution to scholarhsip, while remaining eminently attractive to the general reader.."-Barry Cunliffe, Oxford Universityshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements to Second Edition. List of Illustrations. Note on References. Preface to Second Edition. Introduction. 1. What were towns and how did they develop? 2. What part did towns play in the province? 3. Towns as provincial capitals: London 4. The coloniae: Colchester, Lincoln, Gloucester and York 5. The first civitas capitals: Canterbury, Chelmsford and Verulamium 6. From client kingdom to civitas: Caistor-by-Norwich Chichester, Silchester and Winchester 7. Flavian expansion: Cirencester, Dorchester, Exeter, Leicester and Wroxeter 8. Hadrianic stimulation: Caerwent, Carmarthen, Brough-on-Humber and Aldborough 9. Town-life or life in towns? Abbreviations used in the Notes and Bibliography. Notes. Bibliography. more