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Roman Britain

Roman Britain

Roman Britain

In 43 CE, Roman legionaries set foot on British soil. It wasn’t the first attempt – the Romans had tried twice before to take the island – but this time, the invasion was going to work. The legions battled their way through modern-day England, taking out the tribes who wouldn’t willingly submit to Roman rule. As the soldiers made their way further north, the native Celts fought for their lives and their homeland, but the enemy was too strong. The Romans were here to stay. In All About History Book of Roman Britain, uncover the fierce opposition to Rome’s imperialist expansion, and find out what really happened when Boudica rebelled in 60 CE. Take a walk along Hadrian’s Wall, the northernmost point of the entire Roman Empire, and meet the soldiers who served there. Discover how the invaders brought their gods and their culture with them, and learn what they left behind when Rome began to crumble…

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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One-off
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1 min.
welcome to roman britain

In 43 CE, Roman legionaries set foot on British soil. It wasn’t the first attempt – the Romans had tried twice before to take the island – but this time, the invasion was going to work. The legions battled their way through modern-day England, taking out the tribes who wouldn’t willingly submit to Roman rule. As the soldiers made their way further north, the native Celts fought for their lives and their homeland, but the enemy was too strong. The Romans were here to stay. In All About History Book of Roman Britain, uncover the fierce opposition to Rome’s imperialist expansion, and find out what really happened when Boudica rebelled in 60 CE. Take a walk along Hadrian’s Wall, the northernmost point of the entire Roman Empire, and meet the soldiers…

3 min.
the rise of the roman empire

The Roman Empire was one of the largest empires in history, comprising land throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. However, expansion was mostly accomplished under the Republic (between 509 and 27 BCE), before the principate was actually established. During this period, Rome’s control expanded from the immediate surroundings of the city to dominate most of the Mediterranean world through forming alliances or taking the territories by brute force. It wasn’t long before the entire Italian Peninsula was under the thumb of the Republic, and by the following century its overwhelming sovereignity had widened all the way to include North Africa, Spain and Southern France (Gaul). By the end of the 1st century BCE, the Republic had expanded to include all of modern-day France, Greece and most of the Eastern…

2 min.
the legend of rome

Today, Rome is a beautiful tourist attraction more likely to play host to camera-toting travellers than barbarian hordes, but in the ages of the ancient world it was the epicentre of civilisation. The crown jewel of a nation that assumed every form – kingdom, republic and empire – a realm so powerful it changed the face of history forever. In the name of Rome and its ever-changing governments, it redefined the principles and engineering of warfare, revolutionised modern infrastructure and ushered in the beginning of the Middle Ages. And like any great superpower, it carved its borders across the face of the world. From the cold shores of Britannia to the warm sands of Palestine and Egypt, Rome created for itself an empire that was a sight to behold, but one…

7 min.
the elements of ancient rome

In many ways, Ancient Rome was well ahead of its time. Despite all of the ancient trappings, the great minds of Italy were always busy looking upwards and onwards. For the Senate and Rome’s many revolving leaders, extending borders of the realm was of paramount importance. Soldiers were the true currency of progress, and conquering new lands and absorbing their people was the fuel needed to power that machine. That cycle swelled Rome’s legions and the state began expanding at a terrifying rate. Alongside this expansion, the engineers of the time revolutionised the facilities of the age. Vast aqueducts brought running water to the people, and freshly paved roads (curved to drain off rainwater, no less) linked the realm together much like a concrete nervous system. Upon these roads, Rome’s trade…

6 min.
the roman kingdom 753 bce – 509 bce

753 BCE Rome is founded/Romulus becomes king 753 BCE Once a series of warring tribes and clans, the strongest among them are united underneath the warrior general Romulus. He installs himself as king and forms the very first incarnation of the Senate. The eldest members from the most powerful and influential gentes (clans) are chosen, Italy’s deeply patriarchal makeup placing a great deal of importance on the wisdom of its older male members. Around 100 members are chosen by Romulus, and the Senate begins by taking care of the day-to-day running of the kingdom. Together, the very first laws of the land are written and the first standing armies formed. 716 BCE Romulus passes away Around 716 BCE, Romulus mysteriously disappears during a storm. Some legends say he was murdered, but the reality is that the…

6 min.
the roman republic 509 bce – 27 bce

509 BCE Roman Republic established 509 BCE Following the overthrow of the monarchy and the exile of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the Senate establishes a new republic. In this new form, two leaders will rule cooperatively as consuls, elected for a single year each. With the formation of the Roman Republic, new powers are granted to the Senate and to the Plebeian Council, giving the people more power and influence over the laws that govern their home. It is decreed that Rome will never again recognise a king of Rome and subsequently elects Lucius Junius Brutus and Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus as its first joint consuls. Battle of Silva Arsia Republican forces meet those loyal to the deposed and exiled king at the Battle of Silva Arsia. Superbus’ forces are defeated, but Lucius Junius Brutus is killed…