For anyone who has an interest in classical history and literature, or in the foundations of Scotland, this book is remarkably insightful.
The author describes the Roman presence in ‘Caledonia’ (as Scotland was known then) in great depth.
Drawing on literary evidence from the ancient historian Tacitus, Forder works with primary sources while casting a critical eye over the accuracy, validity, reliability and usefulness of employing this as evidence.
He also looks at the archaeological evidence alongside literary documentation to gain a better understanding of the Romans’ movements and actions, and discusses the accuracy of Tacitus’ accounts.
Despite bring an interesting read, this book will only appeal to a niche market and is one which require much concentration throughout.
The Romans in Scotland and the Battle of Mons Graupius, by Simon Forder, published by Amberley, £20