A Brief History of Roman Britain

  • by Joan P. Alcock
  • Narrated by Lisa Coleman
  • 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The rise and fall of Roman Britain, how they lived and what they left behind...
In 55 B.C. Julius Caesar came, saw, conquered and then left. It was not until A.D. 43 that the Emperor Claudius crossed the channel and made Britain the western outpost of the Roman Empire that would span from the Scottish border to Persia. For the next 400 years the island would be transformed. Within that period would see the rise of Londinium, almost immediately burnt to the ground in A.D. 60 by Boudicca; Hadrian's Wall, which was constructed in A.D. 112 to keep the northern tribes at bay, as well as the birth of the Emperor Constantine in third century York. Interwoven with the historical narrative is a social history of the period showing how Roman society grew in Britain.
Joan Alcock is a fellow of the University of South London. She is also the author of A Social History of Roman Britain, as well as A Social History of Ancient Rome.


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An exercise in tedium

What disappointed you about A Brief History of Roman Britain?

An appallingly dry and boring book. It is a simple listing of facts with absolutely nothing whatsoever to hold your attention. I literally couldn't believe that a) someone had written something so utterly devoid of interest and b) someone chose to publish it.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reading was fine, but she might as well have been reading the phone book.

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- Gus Honeybun

Superb collation of facts

Great insights into all aspects of the Roman period in Britain . Intriguing details of everyday living , food , home decor , religion ,all covered in fluent style .
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- Mr Andrew J Walley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-01-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios