The Roman Invasion of Britain: Archaeology Versus History

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Pen and Sword, Aug 21, 2013 - Social Science - 256 pages
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The purpose of this book is to take what we think we know about the Roman Conquest of Britain from historical sources, and compare it with the archaeological evidence, which is often contradictory. Archaeologists and historians all too often work in complete isolation from each other and this book hopes to show the dangers of neglecting either form of evidence. In the process it challenges much received wisdom about the history of Roman Britain. Birgitta Hoffmann tackles the subject by taking a number of major events or episodes (such as Caesar's incursions, Claudius' invasion, Boudicca's revolt), presenting the accepted narrative as derived from historical sources, and then presenting the archaeological evidence for the same. The result of this innovative approach is a book full of surprising and controversial conclusions that will appeal to the general reader as well as those studying or teaching courses on ancient history or archaeology.

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List of Illustrations
A Few Things to Consider When Reading Ancient Historians
Caesar Visits Britain
Commius and the Caesarian Aftermath
The British Forces at the Time of the Invasions the View from the Other Side?
Caligula Claudius and the Conquest of Britain
Rebuilding the Province
Moving Beyond Brigantia
The Second Century in Roman Britain A Time With Little History?
The Severans and Britain in the Third Century
Carausius and the Early Fourth Century
The Barbarian Conspiracy and the End of Roman Britain
Orosius on the Conquest of Britain under Claudius
Notitia Dignitatum

After the Invasion

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Dr Birgitta Hoffmann teaches archaeology at the University of Liverpool and is also co-director of the Roman Gask Project (excavating the Gask Ridge frontier system in Perthshire, which predates Hadrian's Wall by half a century).

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