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on 28 February 2006
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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on 21 January 2010
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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on 2 March 2013
im a kee historian and thought i'd put a generic search into the amazon search engine. The book i imagined i'd want was thre in front of me so i purchased it i have read it and enjoyed it immensely and have also learned many things i didn't yet know
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on 19 May 2015
Excellent introductory book on the roads in the UK and their construction. A little more information about where the best places are to see roads would have been nice, especially in the south of England if there is much to see.
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on 23 June 2011
An excellent overview of Britain's Roman Roads. It's a fascinating and thought-provoking read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys history and car journeys!
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on 12 April 2016
A really good reference for the subject, although only covering the better known major roads. I was hoping to find information on the lesser known and probable/possible minor alignments. For instance, we have a locally known road running through the village of Kings Caple, Herefordshire, but not listed in 'Roman Roads in Britain.' Nevertheless a worthy addition to a library to complement Ivan Margary's work. Dennis Kenyon.
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on 30 October 2015
A very good book to read as a "entry" into the world of roman roads in UK. It is well written and have lots of illustrations, maps and photos.
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on 23 January 2013
Quite informitive,you would have to be very interested in this subject to be able to read this book to the end.
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on 20 January 2014
Bought for my metal detecting, archaeology obsessed husband. Full of good information and nice pictures. Would suit all ages really.
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on 8 December 2013
Good introduction to the history of Roman Roads in Britain, inspiring further research and visits to existing remains in the field
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