The Roman Conquest of Scotland

The Roman Conquest of Scotland : The Battle of Mons Graupius AD 84

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In the summer of 84 AD the Italian gentleman Gnaeus Iulius Agricola, governor of Roman Britain (78-84 AD), led an army of Roman legionary soldiers and barbarian auxiliaries into northern Britain, known as Caledonia to the Romans. At a place called Mount Graupius, Agricola won a decisive victory over a large Caledonian host, and it appeared at the time that, forty-one years on, the Roman military conquest of Britain had finally been completed. Agricola had already begun thinking about a new challenge - the invasion and conquest of Ireland - but was recalled from Britain by the emperor; and it proved to be Rome's failure - or unwillingness - to assume political control over northern Britain in the wake of Agricola's achievement that would become greatly significant in shaping the medieval and post-medieval political and cultural history of Britain and Ireland. James Fraser is the first historian to identify the true site of this legendary battle, and presents a totally new interpretation of why the Romans invaded Scotland.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 162.05 x 235 x 13.72mm | 303.91g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • NPI Media Group
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 8pp b&w and 8pp colour illustrations
  • 0752433253
  • 9780752433257
  • 1,470,844

About Brother James E. Fraser

James E. Fraser is Lecturer in Celtic and Scottish History & Culture at the University of Edinburgh. His other books include The Battle of Dunnichen 685 ('A must' The Scots Magazine) also published by Tempus and From Caledonia to Pictland: Scotland to 795. He lives in Edinburgh.show more

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