Britannia Romana: Roman Inscriptions and Roman Britain [Hardback]

R. S. O. Tomlin (Author)

ISBN: 9781785707001 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 464p, H240 x W170 (mm) b/w

Britannia Romana


Britannia Romana: Roman Inscriptions and Roman Britain is based on the author’s 40 years’ experience of the epigraphy of Roman Britain. It collects 487 inscriptions (mostly on stone, but also on metal, wood, tile and ceramic), the majority from Britain but many from other Roman provinces and Italy, so as to illustrate the history and character of Roman Britain (AD 43–410). Each inscription is presented in the original (in Latin, except for eight in Greek), followed by a translation and informal commentary; they are linked by the narrative which they illustrate, and more than half (236) are accompanied by photographs. All Latin terms in the narrative and commentary are translated and explained. The author demonstrates his unrivalled ability to read and understand Roman inscriptions and their importance as a source of historical knowledge. They are treated by chronology or theme in 14 chapters. The first eight take the narrative from Claudius’ invasion (AD 43) to the death of the last emperor to attempt the conquest of Britain, Septimius Severus (AD 211). The next four cover the general themes of soldier and civilian, economy and society, government, religion. The last two continue the narrative to the death of the last emperor to rule Roman Britain, Constantine III (AD 411).

Table of Contents

1. The Invasion of Britain
2. The Conquest of Lowland Britain
3. The Conquest of Upland Britain
4. Retreat and Consolidation
5. Hadrian and Hadrian’s Wall
6. The Antonine Wall
7. Marcus Aurelius and Commodus
8. Septimius Severus
9. Soldier and Civilian
10. Government and Administrators
11. Economy and Society
12. Gods and Men
13. The Third Century
14. The Fourth Century
Photo Credits
Concordance Tables

Reviews & Quotes

"But this book is more than just an anthology of inscriptions...for any professional classicist and for anyone else with a serious interest in Roman Britain, the book is a gold mine. It provides insights which are not available from any other source."
Rupert Jackson
ClassicsForAll (13/06/2018)

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