The authoritative and accessible look at life in Roman Britain begins with a brief overview of the province in its historical context. The book then concentrates on the social history of the 400 years of Roman occupation with thematically arranged chapters on fucisign on administration; life in the army; religion; recreation; housing; food and drink; personal lifestyle; and art and decoration. Drawing on both the latest archaeological evidence and testimony from classical writers. the author recreates the lifestyles of those who lived in this part of a once great empire. With over 100 illustrations of sites, artefacts and reconstructions, and a comprehensive further reading section, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the Roman Period in Britain.
Joan Alcock took a first degree in history and then further degrees in archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. She lectures and writes on history, archaeology and environmental subjects, and specializes in the history of food at South Bank University, London. She is the author of Food in Roman Britain (Tempus 2001), described by The Archaeologist as an 'excellent overall introduction'. She lives in Sydenham, south-east London.