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HANSON, W.S. - Agricola and the Conquest of the North.

London, B.T. Batsford. 1987, First Edition. (ISBN: 0713406070) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 210 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w maps, plans, photographs. "Under the governorship of Agricola (AD 77-84) the Romans extended their conquest of Britain to North Wales, northern Britain and, with the victory at Mons Graupius, to northern Scotland. In this thorough - yet eminently readable - reassessment of the literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence, William Hanson shows just how this rapid progress was achieved and at the same time considers how far the governor himself was responsible for the Roman successes. The major theme running through his study is that the exceptionally full literary evidence, in the form of Tacitus' biography of Agricola, should not be given undue weight against the archaeological evidence - particularly as Tacitus was writing about his own father-in-law. Indeed, the book's conclusion is that, contrary to the impression deliberately created by Tacitus, Agricola himself was not a major figure of his day and his achievements in Britain were in no way extraordinary. In particular it shows that the effects of the brief Roman presence in Scotland was negligible. Throughout, Dr. Hanson uses the latest archaeological evidence to full advantage in constructing this period of British history under the Romans. In particular, he is able to draw on his experience excavating the important Agricolan site at Red House, Corbridge and the recently discovered Agricolan fort at Elginhaugh, just outside Edinburgh." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light rubbing, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine, soft crease along top edge of rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good.
USD 39.95 [Appr.: EURO 33 | £UK 29.25 | JP¥ 4141] Booknumber: 19158

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