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Life in Roman Britain

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Life in Roman Britain

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58 pagine
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Pubblicato:
Jan 31, 2012
ISBN:
9780752482668
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This accessible reconstruction of life in Roman Britain begins by placing Britain firmly in a historical context, drawing parallels with other provinces of the Roman Empire and linking the indigenous Celtic people with the Roman invaders. Thereafter, individual chapters cover administration and society; religion, belief, and death; recreation and leisure; the domestic economy; food and drink; art and decoration; and personal lifestyle. Throughout, in text and illustrations, the author makes use of the latest archaeological evidence.
Pubblicato:
Jan 31, 2012
ISBN:
9780752482668
Formato:
Libro

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Life in Roman Britain - Joan Alcock

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Introduction

For almost 400 years, from the first century AD to the early fifth century, what are today England and Wales were part of the Roman Empire, and for some of that time much of southern Scotland was also within the Empire’s borders. The countryside of Britain is scattered with remains from the Roman period, a material heritage that still affects us by shaping aspects of the landscape in which we live. Many British cities, including London, Canterbury, Colchester, York, Leicester, Lincoln, Cirencester, Gloucester, Carmarthen, Carlisle, Exeter, Chichester and Winchester, were first built as Roman towns. Some retain elements of their Roman-period layout or even – as in the case of London (Londinium) – versions of their Roman names, and several of the Roman roads that linked these towns also survive as the routes of roads in use today. Everyone in Britain today who lives in or visits one of these places, or travels along one of these roads, has a link with the people of Roman Britain, even without considering other ways in which Britain’s incorporation into the Roman state, and the consequences of the end of Roman rule, shaped later British history and culture.

This short book is designed to give an impression of what it might have been like to experience living in Roman Britain. The first chapter comprises a series of reconstructions, and the second summarises the evidence on which these reconstructions are based and discusses the broader context of life in Roman Britain.

An important point to bear in mind about Roman Britain is that hardly anyone who lived there would have been an ‘actual Roman’, in the sense of coming from Rome. Instead, ‘being Roman’ was – like ‘being American’ in the twenty-first century – a matter of citizenship and legal status, even to some extent a matter of culture, not one of ethnic origin. People from all over the Roman world, and perhaps beyond it, came to Roman Britain, because of trade, government, the army, through voluntary migration and enforced population movements. However, the majority of the Romano British (meaning ‘of Britain in the Roman period’) population was probably descended from people who had lived in Britain prior to the Roman conquest.

CHAPTER 1

Experiencing Roman Britain

The Roman invasion in AD 43 (on the orders of the emperor Claudius) is generally taken to be the start of the Roman period in Britain. However, it is necessary to consider what it was like just before the Conquest, and just after the end of Roman Britain, to understand how incorporation into the Empire affected Britain and the lives of its people. This chapter presents a series of reconstructions from various people’s viewpoints and at a range of times just before, during, and immediately after, the period of Roman rule.

The reconstructions in this chapter are works of imagination in the sense that the people and events are fictional, but the descriptions of how they lived are based in detail on current knowledge about Roman Britain, and the sentiments that the characters express are derived, where possible, from those found in written sources from the period. Reconstructing Roman Britain in the way attempted here can only give an impression of what it might have been like at specific times and in specific places. There are many gaps in knowledge about the past, and we can never really put ourselves in the minds of ancient people or totally escape the context in which we think about the past. Nor would all archaeologists or historians agree with every aspect of the reconstructions presented here (some would probably disagree with them all, or even with the use of such reconstructions), but it must be stressed that they are based as far as possible on up-to-date archaeological and historical studies.

Everyone living there will have experienced Roman Britain differently to some degree, depending on who they were (such as whether they were free or unfree, rich or poor, or male or female) and when and where they lived. Experiences will also have differed depending on factors such as age, family circumstances, health, religious and moral beliefs and personality. Furthermore, evidence for life in Roman Britain is open to varying interpretations, leading to a range of opinions among specialists about many of the topics discussed here. This does not mean that ‘one guess is as good as another’ or ‘almost anything might have been the case’, but it does mean that any book on Roman Britain (and

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