Meet the Author: Simon Elliott at NAHRG Summer Conference

Oxbow Books author Simon Elliott will be speaking at the Norfolk Archaeological & Historical Research Group Summer Conference. Take a look for details about Simon’s upcoming book, and the conference…

The Norfolk Archaeological & Historical Research Group (NAHRG) is a local history and archaeology club for anyone interested in Norfolk’s history, archaeology or landscape archaeology. NAHRG has close links with the Norfolk Historic Environment Service, the Norfolk Record Office, the Norfolk Museums Service and the Centre of East Anglian Studies.

NAHRG are holding a Summer Conference in association with the Centre of East Anglian Studies on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at the Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre. This conference focuses on various aspects of the Roman occupation.

Speakers include:

Simon Elliott (author of ‘Sea Eagles of Empire’)
David Gurney (recently-retired County Archaeologist)
John Peterson (UEA researcher)
James Albone (Norfolk HES)
Guy de la Bedoyėre (Time Team’s Roman expert).

For more details on the conference, and to book your place, download the booking form here.


Speaker Simon Elliott is completing a PHD in Archaeology at the University of Kent, where he is studying the County during the Roman occupation. He has a Masters Degree in War Studies from KCL and a Masters Degree in Archaeology from UCL. His first book, Sea Eagles of Empire (History Press) about the Classis Britannica Roman Navy in Britain, has recently been published.

Simon Elliot’s upcoming book Empire State: How the Roman Military Built and Empire will be published by Oxbow Books in August 2017. It explores the armed forces of Rome, particularly those of the later Republic and Principate, which are rightly regarded as some of the finest military formations ever to engage in warfare. Less well known, however, is their use by the State as tools for such non-military activities in political, economic and social contexts. In this capacity, they were central instruments for the Emperor to ensure the smooth running of the Empire.

Simon Elliot considers in detail for the first time the use of the military for such non-conflict related. The first and best known of these is the running of the great construction projects of the Empire in the army’s capacity as engineers. Also important is the role of the Roman military in the running of industry across the Roman Empire, particularly the mining and quarrying industries, but also others. The Roman Army also took part in agriculture, administered and policed the Empire, provided a firefighting resource and organised games in the arena.

The soldiers of Rome really were the foundations on which the Roman Empire was constructed: they literally built an empire. Simon Elliott lifts the lid on this less well-known side to the Roman army.

Find out more about Empire State: How the Roman Military Built an Empire here.

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