A Sourcebook, 3rd Edition
Routledge – 2009 – 304 pages
Roman Britain: A Sourcebook has established itself as the only comprehensive collection of source material on the subject. It incorporates literary, numismatic and epigraphic evidence for the history of Britain under Roman rule, as well as translations of major literary sources.
This new edition includes not only recently discovered material, but also the texts of Caesar’s commentaries on his expeditions to Britain in 55 and 54 BC, as well as relevant sections of Tacitus’ biography of his father-in-law, former governor of Britain. The inclusion of these pivotal texts, which provide the most detailed account of the Romans campaigns in Britain, significantly underlies the volume’s usefulness to all students of Roman Britain.
Though most of the material is arranged chronologically, there are also thematic sections on geography, religion and social and economic activity. Each section is prefaced by an introductory note, and the inclusion of illustrations and maps enhances the attractiveness of this updated collection as a teaching tool and a work of reference.
Part 1: The Geography and People of Britain 1. The Earliest Contacts 2. The Roman Period Part 2: The Political and Military History 3. The Invasions of Caesar 4. Caesar to Claudius 5. The Claudian Invasion 6. Expansion of the Province and Rebellion 7. Tumult and Expansion 8. Withdrawal and Consolidation 9. The Hadrianic and Antonine Frontiers 10. Albinus and the Severan Dynasty 11. Usurpation and Recovery 12. Reorganisation and the Dynasty of Constantius 13. Danger, Decline and Collapse Part 3: Religion, Government, Commerce and Society 14. Religion 15.Government, Commerce and Society. Notes. Bibliography. Index of Literary Sources. Index of Inscriptions. General Index