Postscript ‘The Roman Interlude’

James E. Fraser

in From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780748612314
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672158 | DOI:
Postscript ‘The Roman Interlude’

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The Roman Iron Age was surely a full act in the drama of Scottish history, not an interlude. Substantial social, cultural and ethnic change took place in outer Brigantia, inner Caledonia and parts of Atlantic Scotland, which gave shape to the Early Historic period. In fact, despite scholars' inclination to see the advent of native written sources as the end of one epoch and the beginning of another, it is not at all clear that this horizon marks much of a watershed in northern Britain. A reasonable case is there for the making that the period c.250 to c.650 is more coherent in social, cultural and ethnic terms than either of the two classic periods under investigation in this book.

Keywords: Roman Iron Age; Scottish history; social change; cultural change; ethnic change

Chapter.  860 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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