By Guy de la Bédoyère MA FSA FHA
Welcome to Roman Britain, a site with pages about the 367 years
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NEW BOOK! My new book, The Real Lives of Roman Britain, is published in May 2015 by:
Roman Britain is revealed as a place in which the ambitious scrambled for power and prestige, the devout sought solace and security through religion, and men and women eke out existences in a provincial frontier land. You’ll meet Fortunata the slave girl, Emeritus the frustrated centurion, the grieving father Quintus Corellius Fortis and the brilliant metalworker Boduacus, amongst numerous others.
Many of the inscriptions used for this book can be found here:
You can listen to an illustrated lecture I gave on the talk in Australia on 11 April 2015 here:
Roman Archaeology Group Lecture, University of Western Australia at Perth - Real Lives of Roman Britain
If you wish to contact me you may do so with this email address (left – though I cannot guarantee a reply) or c/o:
Thames and Hudson, 181A High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QX Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 5000
Please note: I am often contacted by students or other people with queries or questions about archaeological or numismatic matters. In general, IF I have time (and I make no guarantee of this), I’m happy to field queries as a matter of goodwill but please keep them as brief as possible – I simply haven’t time to provide complex advice or detailed answers, especially for people who already have tutors, course notes and reading lists at their disposal. There are two reasons:
1. I won’t necessarily have the detailed information you want to hand, and
2. Being unfamiliar with a person’s course there’s always the possibility I’d unintentionally mislead that person, and as a matter of preference I would urge you to seek advice from your tutor(s) first.
I’m sorry to say that, regrettably, in a few instances one or two adult students have taken exception to the idea that I’m not available at their beck and call and subjected me to the most extraordinary tirades. One actually wrote to complain that this website did not have a page devoted to her specific essay title, though that was by no means the rudest!
If you wish to invite me to give a lecture or talk, by all means contact me on the email address illustrated above and I will let you know whether I am available and what the charge is. If you are contacting me from an archaeology group attached to a university I will do what I can to accept your invitation and look favourably on a modest or nil charge apart from expenses, but this depends very much on location and date. Please however note that I no longer work as a fulltime freelance historian, writer and broadcaster; I work as a fulltime History and Classical Civilization teacher.
But if you want to CONTACT me:
1. Because you’re working for a TV production company
2. Because you‘re a publisher or author who wants to use one of my pictures
3. Because you have a find you want me to identify
PAGES ON THIS
1. THE ROMAN
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HADRIAN’S WALL: a brief tour of the Wall and its remarkable remains. N.B. this page does not work properly on the Mozilla Firefox browser. It works perfectly well on Internet Explorer. I’ve no doubt I could solve this problem if I spent ages working on it – but I think I’d rather spend my time doing other things!
2. ROMAN BRITAIN BACKGROUND
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To buy my books click on the picture:
You’ll find a link by most of the books that will take you straight to discounted copies at Amazon!
To see sample pages from my new book Letters of Samuel Pepys
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– for the Ramasseum (or Ramesseum), the mortuary temple of the pharaoh Ramesses II, is probably the finest of all the ruins in Western Thebes. It’s one of my favourite buildings. The page includes a unique image – I’ve joined two halves of a statue. The top half is in the British Museum and has been there since 1817. The bottom half is still in the temple.
5. OTHER INTERESTS
Yes, even I can find Roman Britain a bit too much. Here I am at a 2007 shoot for Time Team at Binchester Roman Fort after various scenes with the late Mick Aston (who sadly died in June 2013) and Tony Robinson where we talked about anything BUT Roman Britain between takes.
I have written a number of genealogy articles for Your Family Tree magazine and Practical Family History – you can read the remarkable experience I had with tracing an eighteenth-century bible owner’s living descendants. for details.
http://www.romans-in-britain.org.uk/ind_site_map.htm - a general site, as is:
http://www.morgue.demon.co.uk/ - a site about the Roman army
http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/education/romanbritain/home.html - the British Museum’s collections
Classical Civilisation Resource Centre – with stacks of other links
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