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Journey to Britannia
Journey to Britannia: From the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall, AD 130 Bronwen Riley

It is AD 130. Rome is the dazzling heart of a vast empire and Hadrian its most complex and compelling ruler. Faraway Britannia is one of the Romans' most troublesome provinces: here the sun is seldom seen and 'the atmosphere in the country is always gloomy'.

What awaits the traveller to Britannia? How will you get there? What do you need to pack? What language will you speak? How does London compare to Rome? Are there any tourist attractions? And what dangers lurk behind Hadrian's new Wall?

Combining an extensive range of Greek and Latin sources with a sound understanding of archaeology, Bronwen Riley describes an epic journey from Rome to Hadrian's Wall at Britannia's – and the empire's – northwestern frontier. In this strikingly original snapshot of Roman Britain, she brings vividly to life the smells, sounds, colours and textures of travel in the second century AD.

Head of Zeus * History
01 Aug 2015 * 272pp * £6.99 * 9781781852675
'Bronwen Riley writes superbly'
'This wonderful book is a testament to this haunting land'
Sunday Times
'Head off on an epic journey across the Roman Empire in this entertaining read. Bronwen Riley is a warm and insightful guide to the sights, sounds, artifacts and people you encounter along the way'
History Revealed
'Riley manages to bring multi-faceted, polyglot and multi-cultural Roman Britain to vibrant life'
Country Life
'A brilliant idea, to describe the journey of Julius Severus as he travelled from Rome to Britain to take up his new post of governor of Britain ... well written, eminently readable ... It is a must for all interested in the Roman Empire and Roman Britain''
Prof David J Breeze, author of Hadrian's Wall: A History of Archaeological Thought and Roman Scotland
'If you've ever wondered what it felt like to travel from Rome to the northernmost outposts of the empire, this is the book for you ... Bronwen Riley brings the long journey by sea and land to life, describing sights, sounds, smells, colours and textures'
Cumbria Life
Bronwen Riley
Bronwen Riley
Bronwen Riley is head of guidebooks at English Heritage. She studied Classics at Oxford and then Byzantine Art at the Courtauld Institute.