The Legacy of Rome: Wales AD 300 to 700

Posted on 20 October 2010
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The Legacy of Rome

2010 marks the centenary year of the Roman Society and also denotes the sixteen-hundredth anniversary of the date which has traditionally marked the end of Roman Britain. Commemorating these events, the Society, together with the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, will sponsor the Legacy of Rome day conference on this pivotal period in the transition from western Roman Britain to early medieval Wales. The conference itself will be held on 13 November at Penbryn Hall, Aberystwyth University.

Many distinguishing characteristics of Wales can be traced back to Roman rule’s final stages and immediate aftermath. The questions remain largely open as to how Romanised this part of the Empire had been and to what extent the Roman contribution determined the make up of the cultural entity that was to emerge to the west of Anglo-Saxon England. A resifting of recent research (sites, artefacts, inscriptions) and analysis promises to be a worthwhile undertaking in this milestone year.

Speakers will include Roger White, University of Birmingham; Alan Lane, Cardiff University; Dave Longley, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust; Richard Brewer, National Museum of Wales; Thomas Charles-Edwards, University of Oxford; Jonathan Wooding, University of Wales Lampeter; Nancy Edwards, Bangor University; Huw Pryce, Bangor University. Huw Pryce’s lecture will be presented in Welsh with simultaneous-translation facilities.
To register and for further information contact a.elias@cymru.ac.uk (01970 636543).

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For more information on CAWCS go to: http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/CentreforAdvancedWelshCelticStudies/IntroductiontotheCentre.aspx
For press and media information, please contact Tom Barrett, Communications Officer, University of Wales: t.barrett@wales.ac.uk 02920 376991

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