By Malcolm Todd
This significant survey of the historical past and tradition of Roman Britain spans the interval from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD.
- Major survey of the heritage and tradition of Roman Britain
- Brings jointly experts to supply an summary of contemporary debates approximately this period
- Exceptionally huge assurance, embracing political, fiscal, cultural and non secular life
- Focuses on alterations in Roman Britain from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD
- Includes pioneering reports of the human inhabitants and animal assets of the island.
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2 Standing back from this material, we would have to conclude that some degree of social ranking existed throughout most of central and Atlantic Britain. Not surprisingly, however, there were differences in the way that such ranking was constituted and expressed over such a vast area, and the Romans will almost certainly have had more difficulty assimilating some of the groups and households who held status and authority locally to their own category of nobiles than others (cf. Wells 2002). At this stage, few of these local leaders can have had access to the Roman imports which might have marked them out, and those that did may have rejected some and adapted others – as happened with brass imported into northern England, which was rapidly transformed into traditional valuables such as horse harness.
This chapter will focus on the relative scale and complexity of Late Iron Age communities in different regions and the processes of change which they were undergoing; it will seek to go into greater detail where this is possible. First, however, we need to assess the nature of the various sources of evidence for Late Iron Age societies, first textual and numismatic, and then archaeological. SOCIETY AND POLITY IN LATE IRON AGE BRITAIN 13 Literary and Numismatic Sources Although late Iron Age Britain was described by a number of contemporary authors, including Caesar (De Bello Gallico, especially V.
A companion to Roman Britain by Malcolm Todd