Definition of pre-Roman in English:



  • Relating to a period before the rise or dominance of ancient Rome, or before the conquest of a particular region by the ancient Romans.

    ‘the Celtic kingdoms of pre-Roman Britain’
    • ‘The countryside changed, or was changing, from a pattern of use established in the pre-Roman period of small fields to one of broad acres.’
    • ‘Legend has it that the city was founded by Hercules, but archaeologists are able to trace its roots back to pre-Roman times.’
    • ‘In some regions this seems to have prompted what was effectively a return to pre-Roman traditions amongst the indigenous populations of what had been the Roman empire.’
    • ‘The head was thought to be the seat of the spirit in pre-Roman Britain so it may be a local native tradition.’
    • ‘Walkers will be taken on an informative tour with their expert guide and given an insight into life in pre-Roman Britain, as well as enjoying some fantastic views across the county from the top of Battlesbury Camp.’
    • ‘The simplified, severe mask used for his own face shows Picasso's interest in the pre-Roman sculptures of his Spanish homeland he had seen in the Louvre.’
    • ‘The discovery in Pompeii of a pre-Roman temple is being hailed as evidence that the city was sophisticated and thriving 300 years before Vesuvius erupted.’
    • ‘This represents the largest concentration of official documents from any one place in the pre-Roman city.’
    • ‘The Roman names are themselves Latinised versions of pre-Roman ones.’
    • ‘Medieval society, like pre-Roman society, was one of kinship and hierarchy (which is not the same as class, by the way).’
    • ‘There were two alcoholic drinks available to northern European peoples in the pre-Roman Iron Age.’
    • ‘There is hardly a page without some inaccurate simplification, for example, pre-Roman Britain ‘was a society where trade was not well developed,’ a statement not supported by modern archaeology.’
    • ‘The foundation's findings showed that York can claim to have a ghost from every period in history from pre-Roman times to the present day.’
    • ‘The earliest urban centers in what is now Germany were established by the Romans on or near the Rhine, often on the sites of pre-Roman settlements.’
    • ‘Basque is a pre-Roman language whose origin has not been clearly determined.’
    • ‘The Celts were the Iron Age inhabitants of Europe in the pre-Roman period.’
    • ‘In other areas, notably the upland regions, pre-existing native farms and villages continued the traditional pre-Roman patterns of agricultural production.’
    • ‘The simplicity of the format, an A-Z with each of the 750 entries not exceeding 200 words, made the York Book a one-stop shop for those seeking information from pre-Roman times to the Millennium.’
    • ‘Why not return to pre-Roman and pre-Christian times, when the Germanic tribes were uncorrupted by the cosmopolitan civilization of Europe?’
    • ‘That's why we are interested in pre-Roman and Islamic periods.’