Classic Court

Roman, from Corbridge, Northumbria, in the province of Britannia, Platter (“The Corbridge Lanx”). Silver, 4th century CE. The British Museum, London. © Trustees of the British Museum

Britannia (Britain)

Taken in 43 CE, Britain proved to be a headache for the Romans. The native tribes that inhabited the island were mostly rebellious, forcing the Roman presence to be largely a military one. The Romans quickly began “Romanizing” Britain, building roads, sewer systems, temples, and bath houses, as well as the famous wall of the Emperor Hadrian. The Romans also funded many major cities, including London, Manchester, and York. The art that came out of this relationship represents a collision and mixture of cultures.

Building Hadrian’s Wall (The British Museum)