Roman Britain

Life at the Edge of Empire



ISBN: 9780714150611 Category:

Richard Hobbs, Ralph Jackson


Keynote An accessible, highly illustrated introduction to the history, society, culture and art of Britain when it was a province of the Roman Empire Sales points A readable and attractive presentation of Britain’s Roman heritage High-profile subject, as 2010 is the 1600th anniversary of the end of Roman Britain Contains beautiful new photography of recently discovered artefacts Based on the latest research, the first all-new book on this subject published by the British Museum in nearly 20 years Description For nearly four centuries Britain was a province on the outer edge of the Roman Empire and developed a distinctively Romano-British culture and way of life. Using the archaeological evidence, ancient written sources and the latest research on surviving artefacts – from a child’s leather shoe to fascinating letters, from the monumental bronze head of the emperor Hadrian to hoards of stunning gold and silver – a picture of Roman Britain is brought vividly to life. Whether for a Roman soldier on the northern frontier or a native British farmer; for a pagan British king or a Christian Roman lady living in a villa, the diversity of lifestyles, experiences and cultures is revealed. Native British traditions of trade and craftsmanship merged with the imported Roman styles and practices to create a unique cultural synthesis, the legacy of which is still visible today in British landscapes, architecture, art and society. The Authors Ralph Jackson and Richard Hobbs are curators of Romano-British antiquities in the British Museum. Ralph Jackson is also author of BM Research Publication 181: Cosmetic Sets of Late Iron Age and Roman Britain, which will be published August 2010.

Additional information

Weight 484 g
Dimensions 17 x 22.6 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 1 November 2010
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17 x 22.6 cm
Weight 484 g


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