A companion to Roman Britain - download pdf or read online

By Malcolm Todd

ISBN-10: 1405128933

ISBN-13: 9781405128933

This significant survey of the background and tradition of Roman Britain spans the interval from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD.

  • Major survey of the background and tradition of Roman Britain
  • Brings jointly experts to supply an summary of contemporary debates approximately this period
  • Exceptionally extensive assurance, embracing political, financial, cultural and spiritual life
  • Focuses on adjustments in Roman Britain from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD
  • Includes pioneering reports of the human inhabitants and animal assets of the island.

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Until the end of the second century B C , the inhabitants of developed hillforts like Danebury and Maiden Castle each controlled well-defined territories which they had gradually enlarged over the centuries (Sharples 1991; Cunliffe 1991). Whatever their precise composition, these dominant communities are usually viewed as strongly hierarchical in character, although this view has been challenged (Hill 1996). Individual social differences were generally muted in terms of material culture distinctions, the main exception being East Yorkshire, where the burial tradition provides insights into the complexities of individual social ranking (Parker Pearson 1999).

Some such explanation surely lies behind the symbols of ‘kingly’ status found at Folly Lane and Lexden. These considerations, which reflect on the personalities and the power of the British paramounts, are also a reminder of political mobility: kings could be installed and deposed during local factional rivalries and in all this the patronage of Rome was now a significant factor. In one possible scenario, if a paramount maintained his position and power by dispersing elite goods, acquired through the auspices of Rome, to his clients, then it would have been a simple matter for Rome to topple him by bringing the supply to an end or by favouring a rival.

Cunliffe and H. Sebire, Guernsey: An Island Community of the Atlantic Iron Age. Oxford, 125–7. —— 1997. Armorica and Britain: The Ceramic Evidence. In B. Cunliffe and P. de Jersey, Armorica and Britain. Oxford, 2–71. —— 2001. The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek. London. Cunliffe, B. and de Jersey, P. 1997. Armorica and Britain: Cross-Channel Relationships in the Late First Millennium B C . Oxford. de Jersey, P. 1997. Armorica and Britain: the numismatic evidence. In B. Cunliffe and P.

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