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H 245 x W 175 mm

236 pages

107 figures, colour throughout

Published Apr 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789699050

Digital: 9781789699067

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Roman art; Roman Britain; identity; images; north

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Visions of the Roman North: Art and Identity in Northern Roman Britain

By Iain Ferris

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This is the first book to analyse art from the northern frontier zones of Roman Britain and to interpret the meaning and significance of this art in terms of the formation of a regional identity. It argues that a distinct and vibrant visual culture flourished in the north, primarily due to its status as a heavily militarized frontier zone.



Preface ;
Chapter One: A Land Apart ;
Chapter Two: Shadowplayers ;
Chapter Three: Gods and Mortals ;
Chapter Four: Artifice and Transcendence ;
Chapter Five: The Good Soldier ;
Chapter Six: Building an Image ;
Chapter Seven: Image and Identity ;
Chapter Eight: Remembering and Forgetting ;
Chapter Nine: A Landscape of Possibilities ;
Further Reading ;

About the Author

Iain Ferris is an archaeologist living in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales. He has over forty years of experience working in professional archaeology in Britain and abroad and in teaching archaeology at Birmingham and Manchester universities. His research interests include Roman art and material culture and Romano-British archaeology and artefacts. He has directed major archaeological research excavations in northern and midland England and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He has published widely in academic journals and is the author of nine books, all on Roman art and archaeology.


‘…this is amongst the very best books on Roman Britain which I have ever read. It engages with what made Northern Britain special and culturally distinct in the Roman Empire. There is a real understanding for Northern Roman Britain here, and an understanding for a unique artistic culture that raises it very high indeed as a book on the provincial art of the Roman Empire.’ – Revd Professor Martin Henig, University of Oxford