The end of the Roman Empire / Historical Association
Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. I was born and educated in Wimbledon, the eldest of five children. My father gave me a Roman coin when I was about twelve and it was a decisive experience: I became transfixed by the past. I actually worked for the BBC for most of the time between and but had started writing books on Roman Britain for Batsford by the late s. In the Channel 4 TV series Time Team asked me to take part in a film at Papcastle and I soon became a regular participant as 'Roman expert' between then and
He took an archaeology and history degree at Collingwood College, Durham in , part of Durham University , with a subsidiary paper in egyptology , a degree in modern history at the University of London in , and an MA in archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology , now part of University College London , in In he became a full-time freelance writer and broadcaster. His special interests, apart from the Roman Empire and Roman Britain , include coinage ancient and modern , and the writings of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. In he discovered that the rebel Romano-British emperor called Carausius AD — had placed explicit reference to lines from poetry by the poet Virgil on his coins, considered a major discovery in the history of the period. The programme detailed the building of a Roman villa for the first time in years in Britain — Butser Ancient Farm at Chalton , Hampshire.
He then discusses the issues facing Britons after the absorption of their culture by an invading army, including the role of government and the military in the province; religion, commerce, and technology; and day-to-day life both in towns and in the countryside Beautifully illustrated, the book includes reconstruction drawings, dramatic aerial views of Roman remains, and a wide array of images of Roman villas, mosaics, coins, pottery, and sculpture. The narrative is brought vividly to life by inscriptions found on tombstones and buildings and quotes from historians such as Tacitus and Dio, and there are feature boxes throughout devoted to topics ranging from the building of Hadrian s Wall to the discovery of the Vindolanda writing tablets. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. A detailed portrait for nonspecialists of the many facets of Romano-British society as revealed by archaeological excavation, including the most recent discoveries