The Real Lives of Roman Britain

The Real Lives of Roman Britain The Britain Of The Roman Occupation Is, In A Way, An Age That Is Dark To Us While The Main Events From 55 BC To AD 410 Are Little Disputed, And The Archaeological Remains Of Villas, Forts, Walls, And Cities Explain A Great Deal, We Lack A Clear Sense Of Individual Lives This Book Is The First To Infuse The Story Of Britannia With A Beating Heart, The First To Describe In Detail Who Its Inhabitants Were And Their Place In Our History A Lifelong Specialist In Romano British History, Guy De La B Doy Re Is The First To Recover The Period Exclusively As A Human Experience He Focuses Not On Military Campaigns And Imperial Politics But On Individual, Personal Stories Roman Britain Is Revealed As A Place Where The Ambitious Scramble For Power And Prestige, The Devout Seek Solace And Security Through Religion, Men And Women Eke Out Existences In A Provincial Frontier Land De La B Doy Re Introduces Fortunata The Slave Girl, Emeritus The Frustrated Centurion, The Grieving Father Quintus Corellius Fortis, And The Brilliant Metal Worker Boduogenus, Among Numerous Others Through A Wide Array Of Records And Artifacts, The Author Introduces The Colourful Cast Of Immigrants Who Arrived During The Roman Era While Offering An Unusual Glimpse Of Indigenous Britons, Until Now Nearly Invisible In Histories Of Roman Britain. 1st Century Roman mosaic in the Roman palace at Fishbourne, ChichesterThough Britons in the Southeast had commercial dealings with the Roman Empire and tribal leaders had been displaying their status by bringing prestige items across the Channel for quite some time, they didn t feel the weight of the Empire until Julius Caesar s adventures on the scepter d isle in the summers of 55 and 54 BCE But Caesar had other matters on his plate and left, taking his army with him Subsequent invasions wer1st Century Roman mosaic in the Roman palace at Fishbourne, ChichesterThough Britons in the Southeast had commercial dealings with the Roman Empire and tribal leaders had been displaying their status by bringing prestige items across the Channel for quite some time, they didn t feel the weight of the Empire until Julius Caesar s adventure
The percentage of people living in Roman Britain from the Conquest in 43 AD to 410, when the Roman Army departed for good and shortly thereafter for which we have any record, was maybe 1% of the total population But we re lucky to have at least the names of people who actually lived, and for some,of their stories Through the years archaeologists have uncovered inscriptions, some besides giving us names, also listed accomplishments We have the records of both the high and the low, the la The percentage of people living in Roman Britain from the Conquest in 43 AD to 410, when the Roman Army departed for good and shortly thereafter for which we have any record, was maybe 1% of the total population But we re lucky to have at leas
3.5History seen through the fragments left by ordinary lives what could befascinating I had no idea that our knowledge about Roman Britain was simultaneously so thorough and yet so limited.de la Bedoyere states that the British were an anomaly While most native peoples that the Romans invaded quickly climbed the social ladder, no Brit
I have a background in Roman archaeology and was fascinated to read this It did not disappoint, despite its lesson that so little survives to tell us about the individuals who lived in Roman Britain The author uses what there is to evoke past lives
I picked this up mostly because Guy de la Bedoyere worked on Time Team, which I loved as a kid and now watch sometimes with my wife He was their Roman expert, or one of them, so that s a pretty good endorsement and it amused me to notice a blurb from Tony Robinson on the front The problem, as ever, is that there isn t really that much material for the real people of Roman Britain, because there s no rich written record to refer to There s scraps an inscription here, a letter there, an I picked this up mostly because Guy de la Bedoyere worked on Time Team, which I loved as a kid and now watch sometimes with my wife He was their Roman expert, or one of them, so that s a pretty good endorsement and it amused me to notice a blurb from Tony Robinson on the front The problem, as ever, is that there isn t really that much material for the real people of Roman Britain, because there s no rich written record to refer to There s scraps an inscription here, a letter there, an eloquent tomb but often de la Bedoyere is pressed to makethan a paragraph or two of the material he has It s about real people, alright, but there s so little we know about them, that doesn t necessarily add to what we know.Which is not to say it s a bad book it s solidly based on the archaeology and r
I really wanted to like this book The idea behind it, using archaeological evidence tied to a deep knowledge of life in Roman times which the author certainly seems to have , is a great one There isn t enough archaeological evidence tied to specific people, though A pottery shard with the maker s name on it here, a grave monument there The author s way of indicating the resulting uncertainty is using maybe , perhaps , and possibly in every other sentence This starts to grate very quick I really wanted to like this book The idea behind it, using archaeological evidence tied to a deep knowledge of life in Roman times which the author certainly seems to have , is a great one There isn t enough archaeological evidence t
Roads, villas, central heating we all know what the Romans did for us but we don t actually know who they were This excellent history delves into the history of incompetent potters, workaday soldiers and East Anglian warrior Queens to giv
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.An intriguing read from a highly respected author Guy de la Bedolyere s thoroughly researched book gives us a great insight into the everyday lives of the people of Roman Britain. Good book if you ve not read in this category before Nothing particularly new if you ve already read what s out there. I did enjoy this book After the author explained so beautifully in the introduction about why the use of the term Celtic to describe the Ancient Britons is not helpful I was sold on the rest of the book It is worth mentioning here that the term Celtic is almost completely inappropriate Never applied to the peoples of Britain by the Romans it is largely a latter day fabrication in which antiquarians conceived that there existed a greater Celtic culture across Europe, There did not the t I did enjoy this book After the author explained so beautifully in the introduction about why the use of the term Celtic to describe the Ancient Britons is not helpful I was sold on the rest of the book It is worth mentioning here that the term Celtic is almost completely inappropriate Never applied to the peoples of Britain by the Romans it is largely a latter day fabrication in which antiquarians conceived that there existed a greater Celtic culture across Europe, There did not the term was applied in antiquity to some peoples of Central Europe and it includes elements who found their way to Britain in the army but beyond that the term has no relevance However the paucity of evidence for the real peopl

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  • Hardcover
  • 264 pages
  • The Real Lives of Roman Britain
  • Guy de la Bedoyere
  • English
  • 08 October 2018
  • 0300207190