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Introduction

The gold and silver jewellery of the Greek and Roman world represents a pinnacle of artistic and technical achievement. This fact is recognized in many of the books devoted to the history of jewellery, but the Roman provinces, including Britain, tend to receive at most an oblique comment in such works. This book is the first general survey devoted to the jewellery worn in Roman Britain. In this short introductory section my aim is to define the scope of the subject and the way in which it will be surveyed in the chapters that follow.