Hafan Llyfrau Basged Man Talu Fy Nghyfrif Cymorth Cynigion Arbennig Cysylltu   English  
Dod o Hyd i Siop Lyfrau
Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Pocket Guide Series, A: Roman Wales
William Manning
ISBN: 9780708316757 (0708316751)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mai 2001
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Ysgrifennwch Adolygiad Cwsmer
Cyflwyniad hylaw a gwerthfawr i etifeddiaeth hanesyddol ac archaeolegol cyfnod y Rhufeiniaid yng Nghymru, yn cynnwys gwybodaeth ddiddorol am drefi ac aneddiadau gwledig, bywyd milwrol a sifil, crefydd a diwydiant. 10 ffotograff lliw, 23 llun a diagram du-a-gwyn, a 6 map.

A handy and valuable introduction to the historical and archaeological legacy of the Roman period in Wales, comprising interesting information about towns and rural settlements, military and civilian life, religion and industry. 10 colour photographs, 23 black-and-white illustrations and diagrams, and 6 maps.
William Manning was formerly Professor of Archaeology at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and for many years was engaged in excavations at the Roman site at Usk. Although this book is a small compass in which to cover around 400 years of Romano-British history, Professor Manning has synthesised his material skilfully to create a very informative and helpful book, ideal for those who have not the time - or perhaps the inclination - to delve deeper into ancient history but wish to understand the early history of the country and the sites they visit.

He has drawn on the most up-to-date publications for his work and the bibliography. As he mentions, many major Welsh sites were excavated at a time when archaeologists had not attained today's scientific knowledge, or had access to sophisticated equipment, and, inevitably, much vital information, particularly on the development of various sites over a period of time, was overlooked and lost. Re-excavation more recently has redressed the situation in part.

The book is beautifully illustrated: the drawings being absolute gems; and the detailed maps are excellent too - particularly helpful on the complex siting and re-siting of the many forts in Wales in response to a changing military situation during and after the early conquests and subsequent consolidation. There are a few colour photographs too, showing fine examples of Roman work and typical Roman soldiers, as well as painstaking excavation in progress.

All aspects of Romano-British life are covered, from the Iron Age and the conquest to the attempts to establish Roman civilisation - which affected only a small part of Wales to any great extent because of its scanty and scattered population. The only cities were Caer-went and Carmarthen, both in the easily accessible and more fertile south. There is a chapter on 'The Religions of Roman Wales', the Romans were very tolerant as long as human sacrifice was not involved; and on 'Craft and Industry' - slate quarrying, mining and pottery-making. And a brief chapter on the ending of Roman rule. The value of such a synthesis lies in the clarity with which it has been brought about and for this Professor Manning gets top marks.

Susan Passmore

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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