UnRoman Britain: Exposing the Great Myth of Britannia

UnRoman Britain: Exposing the Great Myth of Britannia


By (author) Miles Russell, By (author) Stuart Laycock

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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 246mm x 18mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 0752462857
  • ISBN 13: 9780752462851
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.), maps
  • Sales rank: 665,830

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Roman Britain is usually thought of as a land full of togas, towns and baths with Britons happily going about their Roman lives under the benign gaze of Rome. This is, to a great extent, a myth that developed after Roman control of Britain came to an end, in particular when the British Empire was at its height in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In fact, Britain was one of the least enthusiastic elements of the Roman Empire. The northern part of Britain was never conquered at all despite repeated attempts. Some Britons adopted Roman ways in order to advance themselves and become part of the new order, of just because they liked the new range of products available. However, many failed to acknowledge the Roman lifestyle at all, while many others were only outwardly Romanised, clinging to their own identities under the occupation. Britain never fully embraced the Empire and was itself never fully accepted by the rest of the Roman world. Even the Roman army in Britian became chronically rebellious and a source of instability that ultimately affected the whole Empire. As Roman power weakened, the Britons abandoned both Rome and almost all Roman culture, and the island became a land of warring kingdoms, as it had been before.

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Author information

Miles Russell is an archaeology professor with more than 25 years' experience of archaeological fieldwork and publication. He is the author of" Piltdown Man: The Secret Life of Charles Dawson." Stuart Laycock has been researching late Roman belts and buckles for 4 years. He is the author of "Britannia: The Failed State" and "Warlords."

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"Thrillingly provocative." --"Sunday Times"