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An Imperial Possession: Britain in the Roman Empire, 54 BC - AD 409
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The definitive history of Roman Britain
In the first major narative history of the subject in more than a generation, David Mattingly brings life in Britain during four hundred years of Roman domination into vivid relief. Drawing on a wealth of new research and cutting through the myths and misunderstandings that commonly surround most perceptions of Roman Britain, An Imperial Possession describes a remote and culturally diverse province that required a heavy military presence both to keep its subjects in order and to exploit its resources for the empire. With his wonderful addition to the Penguin History of Britain series, ?Mattingly shows . . . just how interesting life could be on the outer fringes of the Roman Empire? (The Sunday Telegraph).
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"In a re-creation of Britain's fate as an imperial possession during nearly four hundred years of foreign domination, David Mattingly brings the reader as close as possible to what life was like for people living under Roman rule. Drawing on a wealth of new research, cutting through the myths and misunderstandings that so commonly surround our perceptions of Roman Britain, this book vividly describes a remote and culturally diverse province that required a heavy military presence both to keep its subjects in order and to exploit its resources for the empire." "An Imperial Possession uses cutting-edge archaeological discoveries, combined with written sources and inscriptions, to reconstruct life in Britain at all levels - from the remotest areas almost untouched by Roman presence, to the main towns such as London and military based such as York that formed the cultural and political centres of domination; from the rebellious chiefs and druids who led native British resistance, to the client kings of Rome who reached an accommodation with the imperial power. The story of occupied Britain is told from different perspectives, reflecting the diverse experiences of military, urban and rural communities, and this sweep of historical experience is placed within the context of the dangerously shifting fortunes of the Roman Empire itself."--BOOK JACKET.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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