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The Silures, the Iron Age tribe of south-east Wales, are described by Roman sources as among the most implacable foes of Roman expansion. The remarkable Silurian War, a protracted and surprisingly successful guerrilla campaign, saw the advancing legions kept at bay for a quarter of a century. In this important new book, Dr Ray Howell examines our current knowledge of these fascinating but enigmatic people. The Silures emerge as a resilient and sophisticated clan-based tribal confederation. Their martial traditions, reflected in their material culture including artefacts such as the red enamelled trappings of their chariots, found expression in their remarkable resistance to Roman seizure of their lands. Elements of their traditions survived the extended period of occupation which followed the Roman conquest to be reasserted in post-Roman south-east Wales. The story of the Silures is one of the most gripping to have come down to us from later British prehistory. This fully illustrated new account tells that story.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752440149
ISBN-10: 0752440144
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Pages: 159
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Ray Howell

Ray Howell is a University of Wales Reader and Director of the newly established South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research in Newport. He is actively involved in investigation of the historical and archaeological development of south-east Wales, where he has directed excavations on a number of sites. He is President of the South Wales Record Society and Chairman of the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust.

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