Books on Roman Britain

Our selection of the best books on the Romans at excellent prices.

Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans

Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans: A Sourcebook - Theony Condos (Translator)

Paperback, 287 pages, Phanes Press,U.S, 1997. Original Language: Greek. A Sourcebook Containing "The Constellations" of Pseudo-Eratosthenes and the "Poetic Astronomy" of Hyginus

Star Myths is an excellent sourcebook - for a serious student. If you're looking for entertaining and engaging writing, look elsewhere. If you want a learned (if brief) overview of how the Greek and Roman constellations were named, by whom, and the identities of some of the stars contained therein, then you've got the right volume!

Theony Condos, the translator, draws mostly on two prime sources; Poeticon Astronomicon (Poetic Astronomy), attributed to Hyginus; and Catasterismi (The Constellations), by Eratosthenes. In the introduction, Condos discusses the backgrounds of Hyginus and Eratothenes, their influences and sources, and some supporting and relating works by their contemporaries and historical peers.

Only £8.99+p&p

Greek and Roman Warfare: Battle, Tactics and Trickery - John Drogo Montagu

Greek and Roman Warfare: Battle, Tactics and Trickery - John Drogo Montagu

Hardcover, 256 pages, Greenhill Books, 2006

A uniquely detailed work which explores the tactics and battle strategies of the Graeco-Roman period. This incisive study goes beyond the arms and armour to reveal the psychology behind history's most emblematic battles. The technology of an army is of course an important factor in its success, but battles are ultimately won by tactics and strategy. From the cunning ambush to oxen with torches masquerading as an escaping army at night, Drogo Montagu explores the intricacies of waging war in the ancient world. Using his extensive knowledge of Graeco-Roman military history, he has created a gripping account of classical military thought.

Montagu draws on the great historians of the time Livy, Plutarch, Xenophon and Josephus among them to illustrate the different elements that an army required to defeat its enemy on the battlefield, be it by force or guile. In addition, he offers details on how a commander would maintain the morale and fitness of his troops, as well as conduct their training. Greek and Roman Warfare provides an incredibly thorough view of the tactics and strategy of battle in ancient times from all perspectives, making it one of the most complete studies of Graeco-Roman warfare to date.

Only £7.99+p&p Published price £25, a saving of over 70%

In researching this remarkable work the noted author surveyed almost 700 battles and sieges in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds up to 31 BC. In determining why various protagonists were victorious, the writer highlights why certain factors or elements prevailed at the time. The first part of the book shows the author's great depth of knowledge of the subject and his painstaking analysis. The second part of the work deals with tactics in battle. Twenty battles (most with supporting diagrams) are discussed in some detail along with a background briefing and a concluding thematic summary. Armed then with such information, the armchair theorist or wargamer should be able to argue like an expert about such battles as Cannae, Zama, Magnesia or Pharsalus. The classical writers of antiquity, e.g. Livy and Xenophon (and many others for that matter) have been analysed and the results are here for you to enjoy, thanks to the painstaking research and writing skills of the redoubtable John Drogo Montagu. - Sid Wigzell

Life of the Ancient Egyptians - Evzen Strouhal

Life of the Ancient Egyptians - Evzen Strouhal

Paperback, 280 pages, Liverpool University Press, 1997

This lavishly illustrated book conveys the wonder of Ancient Egypt through the daily activities of its people - not the lives of Egypt's royalty or elite classes, but the typical men and women who composed this magnificent civilization. Exceptional for its range, the volume portrays Egyptian life from birth and childhood through education, love and marriage, occupations, war, and finally the soul's journey to the netherworld. A particular strength is the coverage of anatomical material and medical texts.

Other topics include the role of women, fashion, dance and music, agriculture, crafts, and construction of the pyramids and tombs. This in-depth portrait draws on the complete spectrum of sources: artifacts from tombs and settlement sites; inscribed potsherds and ostraca as well as papyri; material from the excavation of homes, shrines, and tomb chapels; reliefs and wall-paintings. Accompanying the text, 289 superb illustrations - including 219 colour plates - vividly portray Egyptian civilization through its creations and treasures.

Only £7.99+p&p Published price £20, a saving of over 70%

Gods with Thunderbolts: Religion in Roman Britain

Gods with Thunderbolts: Religion in Roman Britain - Guy de la Bedoyere

Paperback, 304 pages, The History Press, 2007

One of the Roman Empire's greatest achievements was religious tolerance, at least by modern standards. It was a world in which Fortuna and Fate ruled the minds of men and women. That world left behind a marvellous legacy of literary and archaeological records - temples and shrines, altars and votive gifts, curse tablets and inscriptions. In addition to the Gods of Rome, Roman Britain had native cults like that of Cocidius from the northern frontier and exotic imports from Persia and Egypt such as Mithras and Isis. Finally, there were the tensions created by the legitimisation of Christianity in the fourth century. This is the first book that attempts, systematically, to unravel the wide-ranging evidence that we have for the multifarious beliefs and practices of those living in Roman Britain.

Guy de la Bedoyere has presented series on Roman Britain on both Radio 4 and BBC2. He is also the regular Roman expert on Channel 4's Time Team. He has written 14 books on aspects of Roman Britain and the Roman world.

Only £9.99+p&p Published price £19.99, a saving of over 50%

Roman Britain

Roman Britain - T.W. Potter, Catherine Johns

Paperback, 248 pages, British Museum Press, 2002

Relying on the most recent archaeological evidence as well as on ancient artifacts, T.W. Potter and Catherine Johns assess the impact of the Roman invasion of A.D. 43 to provide a complete picture of Roman Britain. In the context of Britain's place in the empire as a whole, they survey the effect of Romanization in town and country, in the arts, architecture, and religion.

The authors, both curators of the Romano-British collection of the British Museum, have an unrivalled, day-to-day familiarity with the material evidence, including such notable discoveries as the Thetford and Snettisham treasures, the Vindolanda tablets, and the unique building facade from Meonstoke, which only came to light in 1989. The rich silverware, jewelry, and mosaics, as well as more utilitarian objects are discussed in detail.

Providing the general reader with an up-to-date synthesis of this important period, the book also offers new contributions to long-standing problems that will interest scholars. Like the other volumes in this series, it contains a comprehensive bibliography and gazeteer for those planning to visit Romano-British sites.

Only £12.99+p&p 

Art and Society in Roman Britain

Art and Society in Roman Britain - Jennifer Laing

Hardback, 188 pages, Sutton Publishing Ltd

Fully illustrated, this book is the ideal introduction to Roman-British art, including mosaics, sculpture and architecture. The author discusses art patrons and craftsmen, the close relationship between the political and conomic history of the province and its art, and how Roman art responded rapidly to diverse influences.

Jennifer Laing is a former research fellow in art history and tutor in Roman archaeology at the University of Liverpool. She is co-author with Lloyd Laing of Early English Art and Architecture, and The Picts and the Scots.

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Only £9.99+p&p Published price £19.99, a saving of 50%

The Later Roman Empire

The Later Roman Empire - Richard Reece

Paperback, 192 Pages, Tempus, 2007

This analysis of the changes - especially those in the visual arts - which occurred between AD 150 and 600, and led into the medieval world has been widely hailed as a masterpiece: 'Books by Richard Reece are typically individual, opinionated and insightful; and this is no exception.' - "British Archaeology". 'Richard Reece's writing is always stimulating; this book will appeal to both specialists and enthusiasts.' - "Oxbow Book News". 'His lucid 'user friendly' expositions of both familiar and less familiar monuments must have made this a stimulating lecture course.' - "Antiquaries Journal". 'Clear exposition of the evidence combined with a wish to make it approachable.' - "Britannia".

Only £6.99+p&p Published price £17.99, a saving of over 70%

This page on cheap bargain Roman Britain books last edited on Friday, 24-Sep-2010 18:11:43 BST

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