This book examines and defines the functions of towns in Roman Britain and applies the definition so formed to Romano-British sites. It considers the towns' foundation, political status, development and decline. The book illustrates where possible both the individual characters and surroundings.
Introduction 1. What Were Towns and How Did They Develop? 2. What Part Did Towns Play in the Province? 3. Towns as Provincial Capitals 4. The coloniae: Colchester, Lincoln, Gloucester and York 5. The first civitas capitals: Canterbury, Chelmsford and Verulamium 6. From client kingdom to civitas: Caistor-by-Norwich, Chichester, Silchester and Winchester 7. Flavian expansion: Cirencester, Dorchester, Exeter, Leicester and Wroxeter 8. Hadrianic stimulation: Caerwent, Carmarthen, Brough-on-Humber and Aldborough 9. Town-Life or Life in Towns?