Born in south London, Roger Wilson was caught at the age of 18 months devouring a page of the Encyclopedia Britannica. He learned Latin from age 8 and Greek from age 12, and at the latter age he asked his parents (for reasons now obscure) to give him a book for Christmas on Roman Britain. He dug for the first time at age 15 in London, and avidly read all he could lay his hands on about Roman Britain; but his academic training was at Oxford. His first book, a Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain, was published in 1975. He landed a classical archaeology post at Trinity College, Dublin. Realizing that he would have to teach Greek archaeology, he set off in a Morris Minor to Greece in the summer of 1975 to learn it for himself. In 1994, he moved to the University of Nottingham. Then, in 2006, he was lured across the Atlantic to the University of British Columbia. From his new standpoint, living in a wonderful city barely a century old, he can appreciate all the more the niceties of Greek colonization, and the practical problems faced by Roman planners when settling new territory in a distant land.