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Sacred Britannia: The Gods and Rituals of Roman Britain
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Miranda Aldhouse-Green
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Sacred Britannia: The Gods and Rituals of Roman Britain

Miranda Aldhouse-Green


Thames & Hudson

British & Irish history;
Ancient history: to c 500 CE;
Archaeology by period & region;
History of religion


272 pages

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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 with a clutch of exotic eastern cults including Christianity. But what of Britannia and her own home-grown deities? What cults and cosmologies did the Romans encounter and how did they in turn react to them? Under Roman rule, the old gods were challenged, adopted, adapted, absorbed and re-configured.

In this fresh and innovative new account, Miranda Aldhouse-Green balances literary, archaeological and iconographic evidence (and scrutinizes their shortcomings and how we interpret them) to illuminate the complexity of religion and belief in Roman Britain, and the two-way traffic of cultural exchange and interplay between imported and indigenous cults. Despite the remoteness of this period, on the threshold between prehistory and history, many of the forces, tensions, ideologies and issues of identity at work are still relevant today, as Sacred Britannia skilfully draws out.

By:   Miranda Aldhouse-Green
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   710g
ISBN:   9780500252222
ISBN 10:   050025222X
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   June 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

'A riveting account of ancient beliefs' - Britain 'Authoritative ... [Aldhouse-Green's] earnest tone is matched to a seriousness and admirable refusal to oversex the rituals of Roman and pre-Roman Britain' - Catholic Herald 'Lively and engaging as ever, Miranda Aldhouse-Green provides a completely fresh picture of the variety of religious life in Roman Britain, using all the resources of recent scholarship and archaeology. This welcome book has a strong contemporary resonance in its challenging insights about cultural identity and religious diversity' - Rowan Williams

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