- Series: Oxford History of England (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 864 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 17, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019821717X
- ISBN-13: 978-0198217176
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.3 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roman Britain (Oxford History of England) 1st Edition
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At about 80 pages this is the shortest book in this series I have ever read. To the best of my knowledge of the subject its information is up-to-date and accurate; it does a good job of following the story of Roman Britannia, its people, and its culture, from the Claudian conquests of the 40's AD to the official withdrawal in the 410's.
For someone with little or no knowledge of this topic - but a particular interest in it - I would very highly recommend this book. For my fellow dedicated students of the Roman World, however, there will be very little if any new material or exciting revelations in it.
Because of its provenance, this book is more conventional and less quirky than other Very Short Introductions. It is a solid, readable and engrossing introductory survey of four centuries of Roman rule. Salway provides enough information about events in other parts of the empire, including Rome itself, to provide the necessary context. It has plenty of surprising facts (to me at least) such as the population of Roman Britain being much larger than it was in the next few centuries, and that Claudius entered Colchester complete with elephants (can that really be true?). The illustrations are well chosen and there is a very useful chronology at the end.
Originally published on October 21st, 2002.
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Roman Brtain - A Very Short Introduction has four compact chapters covering the subjects like the beginnings of British history, the Roman Conquest of Britain, Britain under Roman rule and finally then end of Roman rule in Britain. There is also a Chronology which takes you through from the beginning of Roman occupation up until its end in 409AD.
I like this book as you can find which part of British-Roman history you want to delve into and go from there. It even has a short section on the ill fated revolt of the Iceni Queen Boudicca, along with other important subjects such as the rise of Christianity and the building of Hadrian's Wall.
There are several photos and illustrations plus some maps, one showing an overview of 2nd Century Roman Britain.
This a compact, easy to read book that will give you a taster of Romano-British History from beginning to end. However if you want something more substantial then this book probably won't give you what you want.
Quick reading at an affordable price.