Imagining Roman Britain : Victorian responses to a Roman past /
Virginia Hoselitz.
Woodbridge, UK ; Rochester, NY : Royal Historical Society/The Boydell Press, 2007.
x, 208 p. ; 24 cm.
0861932935 (hbk.), 9780861932931 (hbk.)
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Woodbridge, UK ; Rochester, NY : Royal Historical Society/The Boydell Press, 2007.
0861932935 (hbk.)
9780861932931 (hbk.)
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-203) and index.
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Unpaid Annotation
An examination of how the Roman past was perceived, and used, by Victorian Britain.
Main Description
The authority of classical texts was challenged in the mid-Victorian era through the unearthing of a very different 'Rome' in the material remains under British soil. Developments in archaeology created a new picture of Roman Britain as wealthy and civilized - an image which sat more comfortably with the Victorians' own changing view of empire as they themselves became an imperial power. Changing intellectual ideas ensured that the Roman heritage could no longer be seen solely as the preserve of the classically educated upper class: excavating with a spade allowed a larger audience to participate and own the Roman past. This book explores the whole phenomena, using archaeological activity in four British provincial towns (Caerleon, Cirencester, Colchester and Chester) to offer an explanation of why it happened, and providing a set of authoritative and fresh insights into the way in which Victorian archaeology emerged, developed and altered how the modern world understood the ancient. What it brings to the fore are the frequently contradictory and confused notions about the past, which challenge any simplistic understanding of the place of Roman Britain in the Victorian imagination. VIRGINIA HOSELITZ gained her PhD at the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Bristol.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Changing timesp. 7
A question of identityp. 29
Gentlemen and scientistsp. 55
Isca Siluresp. 81
Coriniump. 95
Camoludonump. 109
Devap. 125
Finding the past in the groundp. 142
The picture changesp. 170
Conclusionp. 185
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 205
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