February 21, 2017

A companion to Roman Britain by Malcolm Todd

By Malcolm Todd

This significant survey of the heritage and tradition of Roman Britain spans the interval from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD.

  • Major survey of the historical past and tradition of Roman Britain
  • Brings jointly experts to supply an outline of modern debates approximately this period
  • Exceptionally extensive assurance, embracing political, fiscal, cultural and spiritual life
  • Focuses on adjustments in Roman Britain from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD
  • Includes pioneering experiences of the human inhabitants and animal assets of the island.

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Cunliffe and P. de Jersey, Armorica and Britain. Oxford, 2–71. —— 2001. The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek. London. Cunliffe, B. and de Jersey, P. 1997. Armorica and Britain: Cross-Channel Relationships in the Late First Millennium B C . Oxford. de Jersey, P. 1997. Armorica and Britain: the numismatic evidence. In B. Cunliffe and P. de Jersey, Armorica and Britain. Oxford, 72–103. Drinkwater, J. F. 1983. Roman Gaul. London. Dryden, H. 1845. Roman and Romano-British remains at and near Shefford, Co.

Some such explanation surely lies behind the symbols of ‘kingly’ status found at Folly Lane and Lexden. These considerations, which reflect on the personalities and the power of the British paramounts, are also a reminder of political mobility: kings could be installed and deposed during local factional rivalries and in all this the patronage of Rome was now a significant factor. In one possible scenario, if a paramount maintained his position and power by dispersing elite goods, acquired through the auspices of Rome, to his clients, then it would have been a simple matter for Rome to topple him by bringing the supply to an end or by favouring a rival.

In Britain there is archaeological evidence to suggest just such a group residing in the settlement of Braughing–Puckeridge (Potter and Trow 1988: 158–9). The list of exotic material recovered here is impressive: a variety of amphorae implying the importation of wine, olive oil and fish sauce, a range of Gallo-Belgic and north Italian tableware, polychrome glass bowls, mortaria for preparing food in the Roman manner, together with bronze toilet instruments and other small items. Most telling, perhaps, are two iron styli and a number of graffiti scratched on a variety of pottery vessels, together demonstrating literacy in the pre-conquest period.

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