Rome and the Barbarians - Barry CunliffeThe Bodley Head, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper a little frayed at the top edges, faded at the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned at the margins.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Plans;
From the cover: “On the eve of their greatest period of expansion, in the time of Julius Caesar, the Romans classed as ‘barbarians’ the inhabitants of the whole of northern Europe, and within the next two centuries they were to carve out a huge empire that stretched as far north as Scotland and to the Black Sea in the east. By the fourth century ad, though, the frontiers of the Empire were under increasingly strong barbarian attack; the civilised order imposed by Roman rule began to crumble, and imperceptibly the Northern provinces slipped back into a state of near-anarchy and barbarism.
Relating archaeological discovery to the Commentaries of Julius Caesar and Tacitus’s Agricola, Professor Cunliffe traces the conquest of Gaul and of Scotland. Then he turns to eastern Europe: recent excavations in Romania have filled in many of the details of Trajan’s conquest of Dacia, and in Hungary they have provided a vivid picture of what life was like on the edge of the Roman frontier. On the site of modern Budapest the remains of the Roman town and fortifications mark the base of a large garrison which faced across the Danube the ever-present threat of attack from the Germanic tribes.
A chapter on the shrines and temples built to the gods of springs and rivers in France and Britain gives an insight into religious beliefs prevalent in the Empire. Finally Professor Cunliffe examines some of the fortresses and defences built along the northern frontier during the fourth century ad and shows something of the pressures that were by that time bearing down, by land and sea, on the perimeter of the Empire.
By using recent archaeological evidence Professor Cunliffe has highlighted some fascinating and unusual aspects of the confrontation between Roman and barbarian.”