ROMANS by Bill Putnam


The Roman arrived in Dorset in 43 AD, dramatically storming the Iron Age hillfort of Maiden Castle before conquering the rest of the county. Military occupation gradually gave way to peaceful settlement as over the next 300 years Roman rule brought stability to what is now Dorset. Durnovaria, or Dorchester, became the regional capital. A network of new roads criss-crossed the county. Farms and villas dotted the countryside; one of which, at Hinton St Mary, had a mosaic floor bearing the earliest known portrait of Christ in Britain. Much of Dorset’s Roman legacy remains, providing an insight into a way of life that only ended when Roman rule was withdrawn.

138mm x 204mm
Black and white illustrations throughout
ISBN 1 874336 74 1

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