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4.0 out of 5 stars Good methodical look at British Roman Roads
I have no fancy academic qualifications - just an interest in British Roman Roads.

I originally had this book on loan but decided I needed a copy for my own reference. It's well worth reading a couple of times and going back to.

A different slant on the subject, more from the construction point of view, which is very valuable and comes without...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A useful reference
Davies' book is approachable and readable, illustrated where appropriate with photographs and diagrams. It is well referenced, although I would have preferred to see references summarised at the ends of chapters rather than interspersed through the text. The study begins with what makes a good road and a summary of source material. It then examines the various...
Published on 28 Feb 2006 by Mr. G. P. Nixon


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful reference, 28 Feb 2006
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Mr. G. P. Nixon "G P Nixon" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Roads in Roman Britain (Revealing History) (Paperback)
Davies' book is approachable and readable, illustrated where appropriate with photographs and diagrams. It is well referenced, although I would have preferred to see references summarised at the ends of chapters rather than interspersed through the text. The study begins with what makes a good road and a summary of source material. It then examines the various physical features of roads before considering the Romano-British road network as a whole. The conclusion, as with several Tempus titles, feels rushed. This is compensated for by a good bibliography if greater detail is needed. A gazetteer of known Roman roads in Britain is a welcome inclusion. However, Davies surprisingly neglected to consider the Lex Iuliana when discussing traffic congestion in Roman towns, which would not have occurred because of that law; this left me wondering if his discussions in other areas were similarly lacking.

Overall students will find this a useful desk reference for the subject. Laymen will find it a good starting point for learning more about Roman roads in this country, particularly in the absence of a current Shire Books equivalent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good methodical look at British Roman Roads, 21 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Roads in Roman Britain (Revealing History) (Paperback)
I have no fancy academic qualifications - just an interest in British Roman Roads.

I originally had this book on loan but decided I needed a copy for my own reference. It's well worth reading a couple of times and going back to.

A different slant on the subject, more from the construction point of view, which is very valuable and comes without pre-conceptions other books bring. I like the research method used, based on facts from past excavations. It is a fairly ruthless and un-romantic approach, helping to keep you on the right road (awful pun - apologies).

I personally would have like to have seen more aerial shots, photos, maps - as I need more illustration, but this is very accessible and easy to read, whilst getting through some highly technical stuff and dealing with a number of myths that have built up around this subject.

A must read if you share this particular interest and passion.
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