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Walking Britain's Roman Roads

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Episode 5: Ermin Way

Summary

Dan Jones travels the historic Roman road of Ermin Way, which links the two Roman towns of Calleva Atrebatum and Glevum, now known as Silchester and Gloucester. Not to be confused with Ermine Street, which runs from London to York, Ermin Way is arguably Britain's most industrial Roman road.
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Review

In this week’s bulletin from Roman Britain, Dan Jones reminds us that the invaders didn’t build infrastructure from the goodness of their hearts, they did it because it was worth it. Britain was, they soon learnt, a colony absurdly rich in resources – and they milked them.

Tacitus wrote about ‘the abundant nature of the land and sky’ which helped make Britain the bread-basket of the northern empire. There was also iron, lead, gold, tin and plenty of the clay needed for the vast numbers of ceramic pots Romans used. Travelling Ermin Way across the West Country, Jones charts what the Romans did for us – and what we taught them by way of handicrafts.

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  • Episode 5

    Ermin Way

    Summary

    Dan Jones travels the historic Roman road of Ermin Way, which links the two Roman towns of Calleva Atrebatum and Glevum, now known as Silchester and Gloucester. Not to be confused with Ermine Street, which runs from London to York, Ermin Way is arguably Britain's most industrial Roman road.
    Recommended

    Review

    In this week’s bulletin from Roman Britain, Dan Jones reminds us that the invaders didn’t build infrastructure from the goodness of their hearts, they did it because it was worth it. Britain was, they soon learnt, a colony absurdly rich in resources – and they milked them.

    Tacitus wrote about ‘the abundant nature of the land and sky’ which helped make Britain the bread-basket of the northern empire. There was also iron, lead, gold, tin and plenty of the clay needed for the vast numbers of ceramic pots Romans used. Travelling Ermin Way across the West Country, Jones charts what the Romans did for us – and what we taught them by way of handicrafts.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDan Jones

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorAnabelle Marshall
    DirectorPhil Stein
    Executive producerFintan Maguire
    ProducerAnabelle Marshall
    ProducerPhil Stein
    Series producerSimon Harries
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