Roman officers and English gentlemen by Richard Hingley

By Richard Hingley

This landmark ebook indicates how a lot Victorian and Edwardian Roman archaeologists have been motivated through their very own adventure of empire of their interpretation of archaeological facts. This distortion of the evidence grew to become authorized fact and its legacy continues to be felt in archaeology this day. whereas tracing the advance of those rules, the writer additionally provides the reader a throrough grounding within the heritage of Roman archaeology itself.

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This was true, as we shall see, not only for popular and political images of Rome, but also with regard to the theory that was created for Roman archaeology and the archaeological sites that were excavated as a consequence. 27 11 1 111 3 D EC L I N E A ND FA L L A political analogy and provider of lessons 1 111 111 111 111 io Introduction In this chapter, I shall turn to the image of decline and fall and the ways in which this image was used in the context of British imperialism, particularly in the Edwardian period.

38 1111 2 3 4 511 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 311 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio INCORPORATION AND ASSIMILATION I wish to consider in some detail the apparent relevance of Roman frontier and administrative policy to the British at this time. 1). His volume The Military Antiquities of the Romans in Britain was published posthumously in 1793 by the Society of Antiquaries of London. 1 Major General William Roy’s map of Rough Castle Roman fort (Falkirk, Scotland).

30 The short book that was produced as a result of the lecture devotes twenty pages out of fiftynine to the decline of the Roman Empire. 32 Fletcher and Kipling drew upon a similar idea of decline and fall in their children’s history book of 1911: I fear that Roman Britain went to sleep behind her wall [Hadrian’s Wall], recruiting fell off, the strength of the legions became largely a ‘paper strength’. And not only in Britain. The greatest empire that the world has ever seen was slowly dying at the heart, dying of too much power, too much prosperity, too much luxury.

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