The next era in britains history is the roman conquest in the first century bce the romans invaded and spread their territory to the anglo scottish border there hadrians wall marks the edge of the empire. Roman britain never achieves the prosperity or sophistication of roman gaul and it has the disadvantage of being cut off from the centre whenever gaul is controlled by rebellious roman armies or invading barbarians even so britain has much in common with other provinces of the empire. Britain was a significant addition to the ever expanding roman empire for decades rome had been conquering the mediterranean sea defeating carthage in the punic wars overwhelming macedon and greece and finally marching into syria and egypt at long last they gazed northward across the alps . During their many centuries long occupation and the creation of roman britain they built roads settlements and sanitation that are often still in existence today romans founded many prominent modern cities in the uk such as manchester york and london julius caesar was the first to invade britain in 55 bc during the gallic wars
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