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City of Victory
Philip Crummy, illus Peter Froste
City of Victory is aimed at the general reader, and is about the history and archaeology of Colchester, Britain’s first Roman town.
Colonia Victricensis (meaning `City of Victory’ or `City of the Victorious’) was the first capital of Roman Britain, and Colchester, as it is now known, is one of the richest archaeological sites in the country. Over the last 30 years, some of the largest urban excavations in Britain have been carried out in the town and as a result there is now a wealth of fascinating new material covering Colchester’s 2,000 years of history.
City of Victory is the first major popular book to appear for many years on the archaeology of Colchester. Its author, Philip Crummy, draws on the results of the major excavations which he has directed in Colchester since 1971, to produce a unique perspective on Britain’s first Roman town.
The book opens with the late first century BC, before the Roman invasion, when Colchester (Camulodunum) was probably the most important settlement in Britain, and it closes at around AD 1100 after the Norman invasion and the building of the great castle from the ruins of the Roman town.
City of Victory is 160 pages long and was first published in February 1997. Due to its lasting popularity, it was re-printed in 2002. (Colchester’s Roman circus is not convered in the book because it was discovered in 2004, two years after the reprint.) The book is available in paperback (£12.50) form and is fully illustrated in colour throughout and features many specially-commissioned reconstruction paintings by artist Peter Froste.
Colchester Archaeological Trust paperback, £12.50