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Period between AD 43 and 410 during which part of Great Britain was under the control of the Roman Empire. The Romans referred to their territory as Britannia. In 55 and 54 BC, Julius Caesar led... read more

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David Mattingly says it’s time to rethink the current orthodoxy and question whether Roman rule was good for Britain.

While the advances in technology and manufacturing that took place in Britain during  the 18th and 19th centuries have entered the mainstream of history, few know about the industrialisation carried out during the Roman occupation, says Simon Elliott.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

David Mattingly revisits an article by Graham Webster, first published in History Today in 1980, offering a surprisingly sympathetic account of Roman imperialism.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

The emperor Hadrian presided over the Roman empire at its height, defined its borders and was one of the most cultured rulers of the ancient world. Neil Faulkner revisits his legacy, as the British Museum opens a major exhibition on his life and times.

Volume: 58 Issue 8 2008

Richard Cavendish recalls May 17th, 1257.

Volume: 57 Issue: 5 2007

David Mattingly says it’s time to rethink the current orthodoxy and question whether Roman rule was good for Britain.

Volume: 57 Issue: 6 2007

1,700 years ago this month, York saw the proclamation of a man who changed the course of the history of the world. Christopher Kelly introduces the Emperor Constantine.

Volume: 56 Issue: 7 2006

Peter Furtado previews a major exhibition opening in York at the end of the month.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

A late-Roman coin unearthed in an Oxfordshire field and on show in the Ashmolean Museum leads Llewelyn Morgan to ponder the misleading messages on the faces of coins.

Volume: 55 Issue: 8 2005

Archaeologist Miles Russell describes recent discoveries which overturn accepted views about the Roman invasion of Britain.

Volume: 55 Issue: 8 2005

Martin Henig, interviewed by Tony Morris, shares a beaker of wine with the Emperor Hadrian.

Volume: 54 Issue: 6 2004

Unearthing the Cumbrian city's Roman past.

Volume: 51 Issue: 1 2001

The High Street Londinium exhibition at the Museum of London

Volume: 50 Issue: 8 2000

David Braund re-examines what we know about Britain at the time of the Roman invasions.

Volume: 50 Issue: 1 1999

Keith Nurse explores the excavations of recently-discovered Roman remains

Volume: 42 Issue: 3 1992

End or beginning? Catherine Hills discusses how recent archaeology is filling in the gaps in our knowledge of 5th-and 6th-century Britain, fuelling the debate about just how important marauding invaders were to the changes that followed the legion's departure.

Volume: 40 Issue: 10 1990

Catherine Hills reviews a work by A.S. Esmonde.


Rowan Williams examines the career of the 2nd-century theologian whose powerful and idiosyncratic vision illuminates the tensions and development of the early Church.

Volume: 39 Issue: 12 1989

Simon Esmonde Cleary considers a little-known anniversary - the death in 388 of an imperial usurper who became a link-man between the factual eclipse of Roman Britain and the legendary world of King Arthur.

Volume: 38 Issue: 12 1988

Is there a direct link between Julius Caesar, the Rome of the 1st century BC and a medieval world map in Hereford Cathedral? Peter Wiseman investigates the origins and purpose of one of the Age of Chivalry's exhibits.

Volume: 37 Issue: 11 1987

R.J.A.Wilson accounts for the making of Roman Britain.

Volume: 37 Issue: 8 1987
Peter Salway examines the image Roman writers and commanders had of their island province.
Volume: 36 Issue: 12 1986

Tony Aldous on a Worcestershire town whose natural resources brought the Romans there.

Volume: 36 Issue: 3 1986

The Roman invasion of Britain divided its constituent kingdoms and tribes. Some supported the Romans, others fiercely opposed their occupation and suffered dreadfully as a consequence. In the face of continuing resentment at their occupation the Romans, argues Graham Webster, changed from a policy of repression, and began to pay careful attention to the feelings and aspirations of their British subjects.


A classic example of the pre-Reform Act ‘pocket borough’, L.W. Cowie describes how the uninhabited Salisbury town of Old Sarum did not lose its Parliamentary privileges until 1832.

Volume: 29 Issue: 5 1979

C.E. Carrington describes how, from London to York, and under a succession of Roman Governors, the great road to the north was built during the first century A.D.

Volume: 18 Issue: 5 1968

Towards the end of the fourth century, writes David Jones, a Spanish emperor from Britain and his Welsh empress held their spendid court in a city on the Moselle.

Volume: 18 Issue: 2 1968

J.B. Whitwell describes how a series of excavations since the Second World War has revealed much important detail about Lindum Colonia.

Volume: 18 Issue: 5 1968

In the year A.D. 60, Boudicca, a woman of the royal house of the Iceni—now popularly renowned as Queen Boadicea—led a fierce British revolt against the Roman occupation during which Londinium was reduced to ashes. By B.R. Dudley.

Volume: 10 Issue: 6 1960

Caesar once crossed the Thames on the back of an animal previously unseen by Britons. Here, C.E. Stevens assesses just how much of a historical anomaly this pairing was.

Volume: 9 Issue: 9 1959

Colin Martin describes how, on the frontiers of Caledonia eighteen centuries ago, the Romans kept watch from camp and wall over turbulent northern tribes.

Volume: 5 issue: 7 1955

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