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96 pages

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Published Aug 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803272917

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Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Frontiers of the Roman Empire: The Roman Frontiers in Wales

Ffiniau’r Ymerodraeth Rufeinig: Ffiniau Rhufeinig Cymru

By David J. Breeze, Peter Guest

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The remains of the Roman frontiers in Wales are unique in the Roman Empire. More than 60 stone and timber fortresses, forts and fortlets, some of which seem to have been occupied for only a few years, while others remained in use for far longer, tell the story of the long and brutal war against the Celtic tribes.



Foreword by David J. Breeze and Peter Guest ;
Common cultural heritage of the Roman empire ;
The Roman Empire ;
Frontiers and trade ;
The “Frontiers of the Roman Empire” World Heritage Site ;
The definition of a World Heritage Site ;
The task ahead ;
History and extent of frontiers ;
Rome´s foreign policy ;
The location of frontiers ;
The army and frontiers ;
The purpose of frontiers ;
Soldiers and civilians ;
Military administration ;
Research on Roman frontiers ;
Inscriptions and documents ;
Survey and excavation ;
Aerial survey ;
Protection and presentation of frontiers ;
Future perspectives ;

Nature of the Roman Frontiers in Wales ;
History of Research in Wales ;
The Roman Invasion of Britain ;
The Native Tribes of Prehistoric Wales ;
The Conquest and Pacification of Wales ;
The Roman Frontiers in Wales ;
Later History of Roman Wales ;
The Legacy of Rome ;
Where to see the Roman Frontiers in Wales ;
Further reading for the Roman Frontiers in Wales ;
Illustration acknowledgements

About the Author

Professor David J. Breeze has published several books on Roman frontiers and the Roman army. He is a former chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies.

Peter Guest is an archaeologist and numismatist who has spent most of his career researching Roman Wales. He has directed several important survey and excavation projects at Caerleon and has also published Iron Age and Roman Coins from Wales.


'The book is excellently written and lavishly illustrated, which allows the authors to provide the reader with an accessible introduction to one of the less well-known Roman frontiers. As such, it is the book to buy for the newcomer to this forgotten frontier.' – Al McCluskey (2023): Current Archaeology Issue 394

'This is well-written and informative book, and the print and the photographic reproduction are of very high quality.' – David Morgan (2023): Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 172