Septimius Severus in Scotland (Paperback)
The Northern Campaigns of the First Hammer of the Scots
How one Roman Emperor ordered genocide against the Scottish people; Simon Elliott's appearance on the History Hit podcast with Dan Snow.
Ancient Roman 'hand of god' discovered near Hadrian's Wall sheds light on biggest combat operations ever in UK – an article by David Keys for Independent.co.uk, with comments by Dr Simon Elliott.
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'The order was brutal, its message unequivocal – kill the men, women and children of what is now Scotland and don’t shed a tear for any of them.' - The Scotsman
The SpectatorSince 1975 much new archaeological evidence has come to light to illuminate the immense undertaking of Septimius Severus’ campaigns in Scotland, allowing for the first time the true story of this savage invasion to be told. In the early 3rd century Severus, the ageing Roman emperor, launched an immense ‘shock and awe’ assault on Scotland that was so savage it resulted in eighty years of peace at Rome’s most troublesome border. The book shows how his force of 50,000 troops, supported by the fleet, hacked their way through the Maeatae around the former Antonine Wall and then pressed on into Caledonian territory up to the Moray Firth.
Severus was the first of the great reforming emperors of the Roman military, and his reforms are explained in the context of how he concentrated power around the imperial throne. There is also an in-depth look at the political, economic and social developments that occurred in the Province.
This book will particularly appeal to those who are keen to learn more about the narrative of Rome’s military presence in Britain, and especially the great campaigns of which Severus’ assault on Scotland is the best example.
Elliott provides an excellent overview of the life of Septimius Severus and his campaign in Roman Britain. His study will spark conversation and, potentially, further research into this period of time and geographical location. Those who are interested in these subjects will find this text of interest.Journal of Military History, Society for Military History - reviewed by Dirk Yarker
A fascinating description of the largest military operation EVER on British soil.Dan Snow
The authors analysis and insights offered throughout the book do help interpret expeditio felicissima Britannica.Battlefields Trust
Featured in 'Reading List' part of Kill Them All! articleWargames Illustrated, August 2019
Article: 'New guided tour lets visitors walk in the shoes of the Roman army' as featured byThe Herald (online), 25th May 2019 – words by Jody Harrison
Elliott has a great grasp of military and architectural detail but despite the vast amount of information this is an easy read that is complemented by the use of illustrations.Scottish Field
In-depth and fascinating.
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As feature onHistory Hit Podcast
Author article as featured byMilitary History Monthly, July 2018
★★★★★ Septimius Severus in Scotland is a short but compelling analysis of the Emperor’s two campaigns in what is now Scotland in AD 209 and 210.Raphael, Amazon
The contemporary sources are few but the author, Dr Simon Elliott, brings to bear his knowledge as an expert of Roman military history and as an archaeologist to portray a more complete account of the campaigns than hitherto has existed.
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“Septimius Severus in Scotland” is a book I would recommend to anyone with an interest not only in Roman history, but history in general, and would complement any historic literary collection.Nigel Emsen, Amazon
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An interesting read.Amazon Customer
As featured inThe Independent 17/6/18
Author interview as featured byThe Sunday Post, 13th May 2018
Article: The bloody untold story of Roman's Scottish campaign by Kevin Quinn as featured byThe Southern Reporter, April 19th 2018
Article: 'Remarkable secrets of the Romans time in Scotland unveiled' by Jody Harrison as featured byHerald Scotland, 26th March 2018
Legio IX Hispana had a long and active history, later founding York from where it guarded the northern frontiers in Britain. But the last evidence for its existence in Britain comes from AD 108. The mystery of their disappearance has inspired debate and imagination for decades. The most popular theory, immortalized in Rosemary Sutcliffe’s novel The Eagle of the Ninth, is that the legion was sent to fight the Caledonians in Scotland and wiped out there. But more recent archaeology (including evidence that London was burnt to the ground and dozens of decapitated heads) suggests a crisis, not on…By Dr Simon Elliott
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