Redditor Lucis Aeternae – Back to the good old times? Roman Britain 280-340

Birgitta Hoffmann

In the late 3rd century life changed for the British provinces. First they became part of Carausius’ breakaway empire, then they became part of Constantius Chlorus’ part of the Tetrarchy and then Constantine was crowned in York.
The two generations saw the introduction of Christianity as a legitimate (and increasingly favoured religion), the rise of the coastal defences around Britain. The complete restructuring of the administration.

All this caused a lot of change in the province, some for the better, some not and some parts of Britain tried to ignore it – with mixed results.  This course is going to track these changes in the different parts of the province.

The course will consist of 2 series of 5 lectures:

On Thursday: Case Studies and important sites

On Friday: General overviews


15th January: Entering the world of a ‘Late Antiquity’ – change everywhere

22nd January: The urban sites: large and small.

29th January: The houses of the superrich and their neighbours

5th February: Production and distribution on an industrial scale – or not?

12th February: The military situation and why are people burying coinage everywhere


21st January: Hadrian’s Wall and its refurbishment – and the rise of Cirencester and Lincoln?

28nd January: Dorchester and the Salt towns

4th February: North Leigh and the villas around Cirencester

11th February: Oxfordshire Pottery and Black burnished ware. What is going on?

18th February: The hoards of the Gallic Empire and Carausius. Where was the danger exactly?


The lectures can be attended individually or as a complete course.

Thursday course (case Studies)
Day: Thursdays  Time: 2pm– 4pm

5 weeks starting Thursdays21st January – 18th February 2021

Friday course (General studies)
:   Fridays Time: 2pm– 4pm

The lectures will be recorded and will be available for 7 days until the next lecture, so you can watch even if you are in a different time zone.

5 weeks, starting Fridays 15th January – 12th February 2021

Online Platform: Zoom

Combined course (Thursday and Friday)

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£75 3 40

Please, note this price is only available for booking directly with Birgitta Hoffmann and not on Eventbrite.

General lectures on Fridays:

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£40 3 40

Case studies on Thursdays:

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£40 3 40

Price for individual lectures (please indicate which lectures when booking):

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£8 3 30

You can book the whole course or selected lectures online by following this link to Eventbrite:  Or alternatively to book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to the address below. If you would like to pay via BACS or Paypal please contact Birgitta Hoffmann for details.
Birgitta Hoffmann
55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: mobile: 07747 533 070

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