Boudicca's Rebellion AD 60-61: The Britons rise up against by Nic Fields

By Nic Fields

Whilst the Romans occupied the southern 1/2 Britain in advert forty three, the Iceni tribe quick allied themselves with the invaders. Having paid tribute to Rome, they persevered to be governed via their very own kings. yet 17 years later, while Prasutagus, the king of the Iceni, died, the Romans determined to include his nation into the recent province. while his widow Boudicca protested, she "was flogged and their daughters raped", sparking the most recognized rebellions in background. This booklet tells how Boudicca raised her humans and different tribes in insurrection, overran the provincial cities of Camulodunum (Colchester), Londinium (London) and Verulamium (St Albans), destroyed the IX Legion, and approximately took keep watch over of the fledgling Roman province, sooner than being eventually delivered to heel in a pitched conflict at Mancetter.

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1) later tells us were needed to bring the legion back to full strength. The impetuous legate got away with whatever cavalry survived, probably to the fortress at Longthorpe on the Nene near Peterborough. Excavations there have revealed that he got his much-reduced legion to hastily throw up a smaller fort ('Longthorpe II') within the original fortress. Petilius Cerialis, no doubt thinking his military career was over, sat tight with his command and awaited events. Bronze head from a life-size equestrian statue of Claudius (London, British Museum, inv.

21, cf. 65). Legions were probably in the order of 5,000 men strong (all ranks) and composed of Roman citizens, for citizenship was a qualification for entry into a legion. Legionaries were mostly volunteers, drawn initially from Italy (especially the north), but increasingly from the provinces. As the 1st century ad progressed, many recruits in the west were coming from the Iberian provinces, Gallia Narbonensis, and Noricum, and in the east from the Greek cities of Macedonia and Asia Minor. Thus by the end of the century the number of Italians serving in the legions was small.

So the legions became permanent units with their own numbers and titles and many were to remain in existence for centuries to come, and III Gallica may be taken as a specimen of them all. RIGHT Re-en actor of legio XV Apollinaris wearing lorico segmentate! (Latin term first coined in 16th century). The armour itself consists of broad, overlapping ferrous (iron originally, but 18-gauge mild steel in modern reconstructions) bands fastened to internal leather straps. ) that tie together the four sections (right and left collar, right and left girdle) were made of brass.

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