An Imperial Possession: Britain in the Roman Empire, 54 BC - AD 409

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Penguin UK, Jul 26, 2007 - History - 640 pages
Part of the Penguin History of Britain series, An Imperial Possession is the first major narrative history of Roman Britain for a generation. David Mattingly draws on a wealth of new findings and knowledge to cut through the myths and misunderstandings that so commonly surround our beliefs about this period. From the rebellious chiefs and druids who led native British resistance, to the experiences of the Roman military leaders in this remote, dangerous outpost of Europe, this book explores the reality of life in occupied Britain within the context of the shifting fortunes of the Roman Empire.

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There were three Britannias going on in this period, the "Official Roman Province, a Mediterranean commercial community and the remains of the indigenous society the romans had conquered. The author ... Read full review

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A history of Roman Britain which changes the older viewpoint based on seeing the Romans as forerunners of the British Empire. Britain was a colony and an exploited one. The book is undoubtedly over ... Read full review


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Nothing for us to Fear or Rejoice at Britain Britons and the Roman Empire
BCAD 409
The Garrisoning of the Provinces
The Community of Soldiers
The Fashioning of the Military Identity
Decline and Fall?
The Urban Failure?
Part Four
Provincial Landscapes
Beyond the Frontiers
Rural Culture and Identity
Part Five
No Longer Subject to Roman Laws

Part Three
Demography Culture and Identity

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David Mattingly is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Leicester

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