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Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback]

By Peter Salway (Author)
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Peter Salway's Very Short Introduction to Roman Britain weaves together the results of archaeological investigation and historical scholarship in a rounded and highly readable concise account. He charts life in Roman Britain from the first Roman invasion under Julius Caesar to the final collapse of the Roman Empire in the West around AD 500.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   78
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 4.52" Height: 0.25"
Weight:   0.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 11, 2002
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0192854046  
ISBN13  9780192854049  

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Peter Salway, formerly a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and subsequently of All Souls College, Oxford, is an Emeritus Professor of the Open University and Chairman of the Oxford Archaeological Unit. His publications include The Oxford Illustrated History of Roman Britain, published by OUP in 1993 (reissued in paperback by OUP in 1997 as A History of Roman Britain). He has served as a Member of Council of the National Trust (appointed by the Society of Antiquaries), and was one of the editors of The Remains of Distant Times: Archaeology and the National Trust (Boydell, 1996). He has also published a substantial number of articles and reviews in learned journals and publications for the general reader, mostly on Roman Britain and Classical Antiquity in general, a few on medieval and later British archaeology and architectural history.

Peter Salway has an academic affiliation as follows - The Open University Open University The Open University (Emeritus) The.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > General
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Britain's Classical roots  Dec 31, 2006
For their entries on British history in this excellent series, OUP have extracted 8 sections from their Oxford Illustrated History of Britain. Roman Britain is the first. I recommend that you actually make it a 9-part history and start with The Celts: A Very Short Introduction, because that gives a useful background to this present volume.

Because of its provenance, this book is more conventional and less quirky than other Very Short Introductions. It is a solid, readable and engrossing introductory survey of four centuries of Roman rule. Salway provides enough information about events in other parts of the empire, including Rome itself, to provide the necessary context. It has plenty of surprising facts (to me at least) such as the population of Roman Britain being much larger than it was in the next few centuries, and that Claudius entered Colchester complete with elephants (can that really be true?). The illustrations are well chosen and there is a very useful chronology at the end.
Short and Consise  Sep 26, 2003
I like books that get to where they are going to fast. Especially books that deal with historical subjects that have had so much written about them you don't know which way to turn. It has to be said that British-Romano History is one such subject that comes under this sometimes dubious honoor.

Roman Brtain - A Very Short Introduction has four compact chapters covering the subjects like the beginnings of British history, the Roman Conquest of Britain, Britain under Roman rule and finally then end of Roman rule in Britain. There is also a Chronology which takes you through from the beginning of Roman occupation up until its end in 409AD.

I like this book as you can find which part of British-Roman history you want to delve into and go from there. It even has a short section on the ill fated revolt of the Iceni Queen Boudicca, along with other important subjects such as the rise of Christianity and the building of Hadrian's Wall.

There are several photos and illustrations plus some maps, one showing an overview of 2nd Century Roman Britain.

This a compact, easy to read book that will give you a taster of Romano-British History from beginning to end. However if you want something more substantial then this book probably won't give you what you want.

Quick reading at an affordable price.

The End of A World  Sep 4, 2002
To understand Roman Britain one ought to understand the Roman Empire of which it was a part: the division between East and West, the various potentates in Gaul and Britain and so on. It also helps to understand who the various emperors were, their personalities and the problems they were facing outside of Britain.

A short book like this one cannot discuss in detail the environment within which Roman Britain existed and then disappeared. So a reader is left with a general impression of a world coming to an end.


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