Kings and “Kings”: Personal Power and Problems in the Reconstruction of the Political History of Pre-Roman Britain

Baryshnikov Anton Ye.

Late Pre-Roman Iron age and early Roman period of British history were the time of significant change almost in every aspect of local communities’ life. In political sphere, this was the time of the rise of personal power (above all, the power of “kings”), the development of political organization, the emergence of “kingdoms” and “dynasties”. The paper considers problems of reconstructing the political history of this period, discusses the perspectives and some new directions of research. Special attention is paid to the question of terminology used by ancient writers and modern scholars to denote powerful individuals in the British communities of the first cent. BC – first cent. AD

Keywords: Late Iron Age Britain, kingship, kings, Roman Britain

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