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Roman Britain (Historical Map & Guide) [Folded Map] [Map]

Ordnance Survey
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  • Map
  • Publisher: Ordnance Survey; 5th Revised edition edition (8 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0319290298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0319290293
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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A very thorough detailed map showing many features of life in Roman Britain. Locations of Villas, Battles, Forts, Camps, Kilns and much more make this the best reference tool available at present.
I have personally passed on useful comments to archaeologists with reference to details on this map. They too are ordering copies to see the information that they are missing !
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OS touring map of Roman Britain 20 Dec 2008
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The map is pretty much what you expect of a UK touring map coloured to indicate heights (green - brown), but with the modern road information all changed to a light grey to make it less obtrusive. Roman sites are then marked in coloured symbols and words. The map is double sided with the South on one side and the North on the other, split near Kendal

The quantity of Roman information in this map is many times greater than that in the "Ancient Britain" Map, and is much clearer by virtue of the colours used. The network of Roman roads are marked in red and clearly indicate towns and cities, although many of the marked sites seem to be away from obvious roads.

It would probably better suit electronic publishing, where you could choose to switch on and off different information, to give you clearer views of what you want.

For studying Roman Britain, I think this would be a good place to start. If you need it on a wall, then buy two copies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This map indicates various Roman features throughout the whole of Roman Britain; towns and settlements, villas, temples, shrines and other buildings, roads, forts and temporary camps, mineral and salt mines, pottery manufacturing locations and so on, as well as the Roman names for the tribes living in each region.

The information is superimposed on top of a greyed modern map, with some modern names in full type where a Roman site corresponds to a modern location, but at times it can look a little cluttered and it's not always easy to see which familiar corresponding modern locations are near to what you are looking at. Unfortunately there's no indication of the English names which have been subsequently applied some of the roads (Watling Street, Ermine Street, Akeman Street, Fosse Way), which would have been helpful. The lack of an indication of the presumed coastline in Roman times, which can differ significantly, is a minor deficiency.

Personally I could have done without the "extraneous" information, large areas of text and photographs concerning Roman religion, towns, industry, communications and so on, very much aimed at the initiate, which are plonked all round the edge of the map, and would have preferred a larger more detailed map alone.

Despite such failings, this is an extremely useful guide to the layout of Roman Britain which should interest anyone who has even a minor fascination with the period.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference 9 Jan 2004
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If you're looking for a map that gives you all the known Roman sites in a particular area, then this map will be very useful. I was slightly disappointed to discover that it can't be used as a wall poster, because Scotland & Northern England appear on the back. There is also a lot of additional information printed around the sides of the map and, although this is probably of interest to some, I would have preferred a more traditional map of the UK with less of the fashionable multimedia-style trimmings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic! 15 July 2009
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It's great just to open up this map and get a real sense of how Roman Btitain was laid out. It's great to be able to look at where the towns were and where the roads were and all the rest. It gives you a sense fo the country in a way that just reading a book about it doesn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Packed with information, but a bit 'site lite' 25 Jun 2012
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There is a lot of contextual information packed around this map. Some of it is essential to the interpretation of the symbols used. However, much would have been better placed in an accompanying leaflet, and the extra space given over to more map for your money - both in terms of size and content.

I was surprised to discover how many sites are omitted from this map. I sat down to plan visits to nearby Celtic sites. Only this map would have it that there aren't any - not even the ones I have previously visited, courtesy of already published guides.

I haven't found any note to advise on how sites were selected for inclusion, which is a little irritating. I suppose it *is* described as a map containing "...some of Great Britain's most important ancient monuments" - which begs the questions:- what proportion and on what basis are they selected?

However, this map is a thing of beauty, and does give a sense of the breadth and depth of our historical and prehistorical heritage.

If I could, I would give it 2 1/2 stars, but I rounded it up to 3.
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