Synopses & Reviews
This book deals with Britain in the centuries immediately before the Roman conquest: a period when the first individuals appeared in British history, and when a series of dynasties emerged to take control of much of Southern Britain. Combining archaeological, literary and numismatic evidence, it paints a vivid picture of how people in Late Iron Age Britain reacted to the changing world around them, and how rulers bolstered their power through use of imagery on coins, myths, language, and material culture. It includes illustrations of 246 Iron Age coins and a separate coin index.
'This book represents a major shift in interpretation away from the traditional picture ... this is a book which will merit much picking over and debate ... it is one which could fundamentally change our view of the Late Iron Age and the beginning of Roman Britain.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal
This book examines the background to the first individuals in British history.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The Middle to Late Iron Age transition; 2. Coin and the representation of individual authority; 3. The Southern and Eastern Kingdoms; 4. Classical imagery and ideology in Britain; 5. The location of Britain in the Roman world; 6. Legends and language; 7. Dynasties and identities; 8. Conclusion and epilogue: from Britain to Britannia.