The Roman Invasion of Britain (Paperback)
Archaeology versus History
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.
Unlike accounts that rely almost exclusively on the fragmentary literary records, this volume incorporates the archaeological record to supplement, support, or refute what Roman or post-Roman writers have said about the British Isles.Association of College and Research Libraries
The photos and illustrations are excellent and the text is well-written and accessible.Hellbound, Steve Earles
Overall, a must have for anyone interested in Roman Britain.
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This volume is undoubtedly well-researched and written... Although members of the general public may well find this dissertation about the Roman world in Great Britain of interest, the level of research and the language it contains means that its greatest users may be Teachers, Historians, Archaeologists and those with a specific interest in the Roman Empire and ancient Britain.Keith Rimmer, NZ Crown Mines