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Chedworth: Life in a Roman Villa [Kindle Edition]

Simon Esmonde Cleary
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Book Description

Chedworth is one of the few Roman villas in Britain whose remains are open to the public, and this book seeks to explain what these remains mean. The fourth century in Britain was a 'golden age' and at the time the Cotswolds were the richest area of Roman Britain. The wealthy owners of a villa such as Chedworth felt themselves part of an imperial Roman aristocracy. This is expressed at the villa in the layout of the buildings, rooms for receiving guest and for grand dining, the provision of baths, and the use of mosaics. The villa would also have housed the wife, family and household of the owner and been the centre of an agricultural estate. It was rediscovered in the nineteenth century and part of Chedworth's tale is the way in which it was viewed by a nineteenth-century Cotswold landowner, Lord Eldon, and then its current owners, the National Trust.

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About the Author

DR SIMON ESMONDE CLEARY holds degrees in archaeology from the universities of London and Oxford and is currently Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. His interests and publications focus on the later Roman period and he has excavated in both Britain and France on sites of this period.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4992 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZ17V1U
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine 19 Jun. 2014
By RobW
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Helpful as an introduction to Roman 'villas' and in its detail on Chedworth.

I found the book of interest in a 'safe pair of hands' rather than inspirational way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings info on a major British archaeological site up to date 8 Dec. 2013
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Excellent archaeology book on a major villa in Roman Britain's 'Golden Age'. It presents the archaeological evidence for the development of the site from an early collection of rooms to the 4th century villa with mosaics, heated baths, etc. Through comparisons with other archaeological sites and historical records it gives insights into what life may have been like in its hay day and how the villa may have fit into the wider world. Photos, diagrams and maps bring the text to life visually.

This is a scholarly book for readers looking for the latest info on some of the archaeology of Roman Britain. It coincides with the completion of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the site.

As one who visited Chedworth in 1987 I was delighted to read this book. It attempts to bring to life the people of the area as much as possible with the limited information that still exists.
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