Term of Award

Fall 2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Committee Chair

Charles F. Briggs

Committee Member 1

Timothy M. Teeter

Committee Member 2

Thomas W. Africa

Abstract

This thesis concerns the economic effects of the legions upon Roman Britain during the period of occupation lasting from AD 42 to AD 412. References to Roman Britain in ancient literary sources are supplemented with elements of the vast quantity of archeological data that has been acquired during the last half of the twentieth century. Additionally, epigraphic evidence found through the analysis of the writing tablets discovered at Vindolanda has been used to support the conclusion that the Roman legions provided the means for a level of organization and productive capacity in agriculture and industry that was previously unknown to the inhabitants of the island.

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