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Sacred Britannia: The Gods and Rituals of Roman Britain

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Two thousand years ago, the Romans sought to absorb into their empire what they regarded as a remote, almost mythical island on the very edge of the known world Britain. The expeditions of Julius Caesar and the invasion of ad 43 brought fundamental and lasting changes to the island. Not least among these was a pantheon of new Classical deities and religious systems, along ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by Thames and Hudson Ltd
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Sam Worby
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good general/academic book on religion in Roman Britain. I learnt so much about material I am pretty familiar with. The book is at the accessible end of academic writing, not afraid to draw comparisons with Star Wars or Gladiator. May sometimes push speculation too far, but it open about when this is being done and why: because we need some frame for exploring this mostly unwritten past. Worth reading for a glimpse of a very different world - the past as a foreign country.
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Very accessible writing. I just wish maybe she hadn't included allusions to the currently political climate of the U.S. References to President Trump were jarring, and will likely date the book. I get that there's a similarity, but seriously, I read about druids 2000 years ago to forget about 21st Cen America.

This book makes a great addition to other books and podcasts about Roman history.

I had to return it to the library at page 165
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Miranda Green was born in London and educated at Greycoat Hospital, Westminster. She took an Honours degree at University College, Cardiff and an M. Litt. at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She gained a research scholarship at the Open University and was awarded a doctorate in 1981 for her thesis on Romano-Celtic sun-symbolism. She has received research awards from the Society of Antiquities of London ...more