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Roman Conquests: Britain (Hardback)

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By Dr Simon Elliott
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 12 colour plates
ISBN: 9781526765680
Published: 23rd July 2021


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The Roman Conquests series seeks to explain when and how the Romans were able to conquer a vast empire stretching from the foothills of the Scottish Highlands to the Sahara Desert, from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. How did their armies adapt to and overcome the challenges of widely varied enemies and terrain?

In this volume, Dr Simon Elliott draws on the latest research and archaeological evidence to present a new narrative of the conquest (never completed) of Britain. From Julius Caesar’s initial incursions in 55 and 54 BC, through the Claudian invasion of 43 AD and the campaigns of expansion and pacification thereafter, he analyses the Roman army in action. The weapons, equipment, organization, leadership, strategy and tactics of the legions and their British foes are described and analysed. The ferocity of the resistance was such that the island was never wholly subdued and required a disproportionate military presence for the duration of its time as a Roman province.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Having read some of Dr Simon Elliott's previous work, I wasn't surprised by this book. "Roman Conquests: Britain" entertains as much as it informs. It's written in a way that doesn't over-complicate things, making it easy to read for even the most novice reader of Roman history. Drawing on the latest archaeological evidence and research, this is fascinating reading. I don't often (never?!) mention covers, but this one is stunning!

NetGalley, Dawn Lewis

About Dr Simon Elliott

Dr Simon Elliott is an award winning and best selling archaeologist, historian and broadcaster with a PhD in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Kent where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. He has an MA in Archaeology from UCL and an MA in War Studies from KCL. Simon is widely published with numerous works in print on various themes relating to the ancient world, with a particular focus on the Roman military, and he makes frequent appearances on TV as a Roman expert. Simon lectures widely to universities, local history societies and archaeological groups, is co-Director of a Roman villa excavation, a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and an Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology. He is also a Guide Lecturer for Andante Travels and President of the Society of Ancients.

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