About this course

This course investigates both the impact of the Roman invasion upon Britain and also the role and function of Britain within the wider Roman empire. Drawing upon archaeological and historical sources, the course will examine the effects of the Roman conquest on areas such as religion, economics, administration and defence. The emergence of new towns and the long-term influence of the Roman occupation on the physical landscape of Britain will also be considered. We will seek to situate our study of such topics within the framework of a broader analysis of the nature of Roman imperialism and the meaning of terms such as ‘Romanisation’. Advantage will be taken of the fact that we are based in the Roman city of Bath. Wherever possible, local examples will be used to illustrate the ideas under discussion. The class will visit the Baths, the best preserved in Europe, and students will have the opportunity to handle original artefacts. A study trip will take us across the English-Welsh border to the legionary fortress of Caerleon and the nearby tribal capital of Caerwent.


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