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Roman Britain [Paperback]

Richard Hobbs , Ralph Jackson
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20 Sep 2010
Keynote An accessible, highly illustrated introduction to the history, society, culture and art of Britain when it was a province of the Roman Empire Sales points A readable and attractive presentation of Britains Roman heritage High-profile subject, as 2010 is the 1600th anniversary of the end of Roman Britain Contains beautiful new photography of recently discovered artefacts Based on the latest research, the first all-new book on this subject published by the British Museum in nearly 20 years Description For nearly four centuries Britain was a province on the outer edge of the Roman Empire and developed a distinctively Romano-British culture and way of life. Using the archaeological evidence, ancient written sources and the latest research on surviving artefacts from a childs leather shoe to fascinating letters, from the monumental bronze head of the emperor Hadrian to hoards of stunning gold and silver a picture of Roman Britain is brought vividly to life. Whether for a Roman soldier on the northern frontier or a native British farmer; for a pagan British king or a Christian Roman lady living in a villa, the diversity of lifestyles, experiences and cultures is revealed. Native British traditions of trade and craftsmanship merged with the imported Roman styles and practices to create a unique cultural synthesis, the legacy of which is still visible today in British landscapes, architecture, art and society. The Authors Ralph Jackson and Richard Hobbs are curators of Romano-British antiquities in the British Museum. Ralph Jackson is also author of BM Research Publication 181: Cosmetic Sets of Late Iron Age and Roman Britain, which will be published August 2010.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (20 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714150614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714150611
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 16.5 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[These objects] leap in stunning full-colour photography from the pages of Roman Britain..." --Salon (Society of Antiquaries newsletter), No.240

"Above all, [this book] enthuses and encourages the reader to discover more."
--Minerva, November/December 2010, Volume 21, Number 6

An epic tale . . . a book to buy and to treasure. --Crafts Magazine

The evolution of pottery . . . is fascinating, and this book does it justice. --The Good Book Guide

Lavishly illustrated and extremely comprehensive . . .a bargain. --Antiques Magazine

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Ralph Jackson and Richard Hobbs are curators of Romano-British antiquities in the British Museum. Ralph Jackson is also author of `BM Research Publication 181: Cosmetic Sets of Late Iron Age and Roman Britain'.

Ralph Jackson and Richard Hobbs are curators of Romano-British antiquities in the British Museum. Ralph Jackson is also author of BM Research Publication 181: Cosmetic Sets of Late Iron Age and Roman Britain (British Museum, 2010).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated 15 April 2012
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If you accept this book for that fact that it is a guide to the contents of the British Museum's section on Roman Britain, this is a very good publication with lavish photographs to demonstrate the quality of finds. The book has some brilliant photos of the treasure found at sites such as Hoxne and Mildenhall as well as including some spectacular discoveries ranging from helmets, jewellery, tombstones and the justly celebrated Vindolanda correspondence. I would recommend this book for the illustrations alone.

The book's subject matter ranges from the period prior to the Roman conquest and continues to look at the period after 410 AD when Britain was allegedly abandoned by the Romans. Topics covered in the different chapters concern topics such as writing, soldiers, everyday life, religions, craftsman and trade as well as an overview of the invasion of 43AD. As a starting point, this book covers most bases and I would recommend it to anyone wanting an intelligent introduction to the subject. However, given the fact that the book is set out as a guide to the museum's exhibits and barely consists of 160 pages, the analysis is necessarily brief and backs a narrative approach to explain the complexities and controversial elements associated with this period of history. Anyone wanted to learn more should explore books such as "UnRoman Britain" or Patricia Southern's more recen account as this book does little to address the political aspects of Roman life nor really do much more than tick the obvious boxes associated with a period of history which stretched for a period that is the equivalent of the English Civil War through to today.

In summary, a good acquisition at the price and a concise and enjoyable introduction but some readers will hopefully be inspired by this book to investigate this complex and controversial era in our history far more fully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roman Britain published by The British Museum 9 Nov 2011
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Intended for the layman rather than the archaeologist, this book admirably describes Roman Britain using reconstruction pictures and photographs of artefacts held by the British Museum. Divided into subject chapters from "Britons before Rome" to "Britons after Rome" by way of Invasion, Society, Language, Farmers, Towns and others, each chapter introduces the reader to a particular aspect of Roman Britain.
The text is very readable and understandable by anyone intersted in the subject, the photographs of museum exhibits are very good, and the reconstruction illustrations of Roman Britain put the whole thing in context.

Such is the content of the book that Oxford University uses it as their main recommended reading for an on-line course on "Exploring Roman Britain". What better recommendation can you have?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roman Britain 21 July 2013
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A really great read if you wish to get to grips with how the Romans changed England from Scotland to Cornwall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Dec 2013
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Great background information for watching the time team. A wonderful history of the occupation of the British isles with very interesting notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely illustrated and easy read. 29 Oct 2012
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Easy read and for me that's saying something. I'm a visual person and there are wonderful pictures of various finds throughout...some amazing Roman craftsmanship examples which I enjoyed. There are other additional texts if you are looking for a more in depth study but for the ancient Rome enthusiast who is looking for an easy overall feel this was it for me. It is a nice addition to my all things Roman library.
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