Book Note on ‘The Northern Barbarians 100 BC-AD 300’ by Malcolm Todd

21st May 2014

Megaw Book Note Cover 1993‘The Northern Barbarians 100 BC-AD 300’ by Malcolm Todd, Second Edition, 1987, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, x + 213 pp. ISBN 0-631-1519-1 (hbk)

Book Note by Ruth Megaw

This is really a reprint, rather than a revision, of the useful text published in 1975 by Hutchison on the subject of the peoples to the north of Roman frontiers. The amount of rewriting or additional references is small, and material published at the start of the 1960s is still described as ‘recent’ (e.g. pp.55, 60, 129). The text has been completely reset, the reference format has been changed, and notes moved from the end of chapters to the foot of the pages. Maps and drawings have been redrawn, but not essentially changed, and some additional drawings provided. The content, however. remains very much the same. The major chapters deal with ‘Germania and the Germans’ (virtually unchanged) ; ‘ the archaeological groupings’ (virtually unchanged); ‘settlements and agriculture’ (minor changes); ‘technology and crafts’ (virtually unchanged); ‘armament and warfare’ (minor changes) and ‘gods and sanctuaries’ (virtually unchanged).

Megaw, R.
Book Note on 'The Northern Barbarians 100 BC-AD 300’ by Malcolm Todd
June 1993
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