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Early Studies in Roman Britain: 1610 to 1906

Hingley, Richard

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Martin Millett

Louise Revell

Alison Moore


This chapter provides a summary of changing interpretation of Roman Britain between 1586 and 1906. It commences with the interpretation of the history of the Roman province outlined by William Camden in his seminal account Britannia. It provides an exploration of two myths of origin that had a powerful role in England in the centuries following Camden: the idea that civilization in the lowlands commenced with the Roman Conquest and the contrasting idea that the Roman population of Britain were incomers from Italy and the Mediterranean. The chapter provides a summary of the way that the increasing knowledge of pre-Roman and Roman Britain was drawn upon by Francis Haverfield to produce his account of the Romanization of Roman Britain (1906). This influential idea of the civilizing of lowland Britons in Roman times created a tradition of archaeological research that dominated much of the twentieth century.


Hingley, R. (2016). Early Studies in Roman Britain: 1610 to 1906. In M. Millett, L. Revell, & A. Moore (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Roman Britain (3-21). Oxford University Press.

Online Publication Date Aug 4, 2014
Publication Date Sep 1, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2017
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 3-21
Series Title Oxford handbooks
Book Title The Oxford handbook of Roman Britain.
Chapter Number 1


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Copyright Statement
This is a draft of a chapter that was accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the book 'The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain' edited by Martin Millett, Louise Revell, and Alison Moore and published in print in 2016.

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