Roman Britain, first published in 1972, gives the young reader a vivid impression of the British Isles immediately preceding, during and after the Roman occupation, which lasted for 400 years. Using a selection of extracts, both historical and imaginative, it offer a suitably comprehensive account of Roman Britain: the campaigns fought to subdue it, the military and civil government established to govern it, relations between the Imperial administration and the natives, and the departure of the legions to fight elsewhere in the Empire.
Selections of poetry by John Masefield, W.H. Auden, Rudyard Kipling and A.E. Housman are included, together with prose extracts from Bede, Tacitus, Hilaire Belloc, Henry Treece, Alfred Duggan, Rudyard Kipling. Physically compact, Roman Britain encourages young classicists and historians to engage imaginatively with the subject, whilst also supplying ample opportunity for more detailed discussion and further reading.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Map of Roman Britain The fair land 1. A Roman’s view of Britain P. Cornelius Tacitus 2. Britain (AD 731) Bede 3. Britannia Invasion 4. Caesar at the straits Charles Williams 5. The two soldiers 6. First landing G.F. Scott Elliot 7. The buried camp Wilfrid Gibson 8. Battle in the sun Henry Treece Early peace and resistance 9. The brooch Henry Treece 10. The Roman villa in England Cecil Roberts 11. Dolphin mosaic Ian Serraillier 12. Shoes for a princess John James 13. A Roman legion G.M. Durant 14. Song of the Ninth (Hispana) Legion Henry Treece 15. A noble death Henry Treece 16. The desertion of London Stephanie Plowman 17. Here the legion halted John Masefield 18. How stilts came to the Fens W.H. Barrett 19. A call to arms P. Cornelius Tacitus The long peace 20. The Roman Wall Andrew Young 21. On the Great Wall Rudyard Kipling 22. Roman Wall blues W.H. Auden 23. The problems of peace Alfred Duggan 24. More problems Stephanie Plowman 25. The soldier’s god D.R. Barker 26. A song to Mithras Rudyard Kipling 27. Stonehenge raid G. Shipway 28. Taliesin John James 30. On the run Alfred Duggan The Romans leave 31. The Roman centurion’s song Rudyard Kipling 32. The Romans leave Bede 33. The last beacon Rosemary Sutcliff 34. On Wenlock Edge A.E. Housman; Dates; Bibliography