Late Roman Towns in Britain: Rethinking Change and Decline

Hardcover | March 28, 2011

byAdam Rogers

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In this book, Adam Rogers examines the late Roman phases of towns in Britain. Critically analysing the archaeological notion of decline, he focuses on public buildings, which played an important role, administrative and symbolic, within urban complexes. Arguing against the interpretation that many of these monumental civic buildings were in decline or abandoned in the later Roman period, he demonstrates that they remained purposeful spaces and important centres of urban life. Through a detailed assessment of the archaeology of late Roman towns, this book argues that the archaeological framework of decline does not permit an adequate and comprehensive understanding of the towns during this period. Moving beyond the idea of decline, this book emphasises a longer-term perspective for understanding the importance of towns in the later Roman period.

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In this book, Adam Rogers examines the late Roman phases of towns in Britain. Critically analysing the archaeological notion of decline, he focuses on public buildings, which played an important role, administrative and symbolic, within urban complexes. Arguing against the interpretation that many of these monumental civic buildings we...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 9.96 × 8.46 × 0.71 inPublished:March 28, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1107008441

ISBN - 13:9781107008441

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Edward Gibbon - growth, the Golden Age and decline and fall; 3. Approaches to Roman urbanism and studying the late Roman town; 4. Establishing the urban context: pre-Roman place and Roman urbanism; 5. The structures of the public buildings in the later Roman period: framing place and space; 6. New public structures within towns in the later Roman period; 7. Industrial activity within public buildings; 8. Timber buildings and 'squatter occupation' within public buildings; 9. Conclusions - senses of place: rethinking urbanism in Roman Britain.