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Roman Britain (English Heritage) Paperback – 29 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; New edition edition (29 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713489510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713489514
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Martin Millett is the Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University, Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the Director of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Martin has undertaken extensive archaeological fieldwork and excavations in Britain, Spain, Portugal and Italy, has edited several books and has written numerous articles in periodicals and academic journals. Martin lives in Cambridge.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2001
Format: Paperback
When I was first recommended this book by my lecturer, as opposed to some of the more established works on Roman Britain, I have to say I was a little sceptical about this short volume. However, on reading, I was fantastically surprised. Millett does not simply repeat what earlier writers have said, but introduces new strands of thought, most especially on the so-called "Romanization" of Britain. Yet this is not a book which is simply spouting wacky, new ideas. The author ensures that the reader is given a basic knowledge of Roman Britain, in its many forms: political, cultural, artistic. Although I don't agree with Millett entirely (and this should not be seen as a criticism; indeed, his theories led myself to think and research much more deeply into the subject), this book was invaluable when I came to revision for both the clarity of the issues and its length (144 pages instead of the thousands in some other books is a godsend for a student, I can assure you!). Indeed, I would recommend it to anyone wanting easy and quick access to the material and debates arising from Roman Britain.
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By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2011
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On the first page, the writer makes it clear "This book is not a conventional history of Roman Britain. It attempts to approach the subject in a new way, laying emphasis on the social, economic and cultural history that can be gleaned from divers archaeological and historical sources". Millet proceeds to do just that, taking the reader deep into the periphery of the Empire, exploring the ways in which the infrastructure of the Roman world was applied to this island, and making plain the limits to Romanisation. Moreover, he looks at the influence of Rome on areas which were never conquered, in both Scotland and Ireland. Here he contrasts the social patterns and political behaviour of the Iron Age tribes outside the boundary with that of those within Roman Britain. The way Iron Age culture persists within the Roman framework is also emphasised.

The Roman presence in Britain lasts half a millenium. During that time a lot changed, and Millet never treats "Roman Britain" as a monolithic whole. The changes are described in far more depth than we would expect to see in such a slim volume.

This is a richly detailed book, dense with information and interpretation. It isn't a book you can easily sit down and read, unless you are very highly motivated. As a companion to study, whether for the student or the schoolchild, it is outstanding. Illustrations, though mostly in black and white, are plentiful and well-annotated. Notes, glossary, further reading and index are all at the back, and there are helpful maps all through the text.
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By Helen Stamp on 2 Mar. 2015
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A good easy read - it was delivered on time and is as described
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 16 Oct. 2010
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Excellent informative book- written in a style to suit both academics and intelligent readers looking to read an excellent over view of Roman Britian. Seller was prompt in delivery and gave excellent customer service.
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Butler on 28 Oct. 2007
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As a general non academic history reader, this is real heavy going
Dull and hard work
For graduate students only
Go elswhere if just want an interesting read about Roman Britain
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