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Print this page Striving to be Roman The Roman invasion of Britain was arguably the most significant event ever to happen to the British Isles. It affected our language, our culture, our geography, our architecture and even the way we think.
Our island has a Roman name, its capital is a Roman city and for centuries even after the Norman Conquest the language of our religion and administration was a Roman one. In the wake of the Roman occupation, every "Briton" was aware of their "Britishness".
For years, Rome brought a unity and order to Britain that it had never had before. Prior to the Romans, Britain was a disparate set of peoples with no sense of national identity beyond that of their local tribe.
In the wake of the Roman occupation, every 'Briton' was aware of their 'Britishness'. This defined them as something different from those people who came after them, colouring their national mythology, so that the Welsh could see themselves as the true heirs of Britain, whilst the Scots and Irish were proud of the fact that they had never been conquered by Rome.
Yet perhaps Rome's most important legacy was not its roads, nor its agriculture, nor its cities, nor even its language, but the bald and simple fact that every generation of British inhabitant that followed them - be they Saxon, Norman, Renaissance English or Victorian - were striving to be Roman.
Each was trying to regain the glory of that long-lost age when Britannia was part of a grand civilisation, which shaped the whole of Europe and was one unified island. The truth about Roman Britain is much more subtle and surprising I am usually asked five questions whenever people talk to me about Roman Britain, and they find the answers profoundly surprising.
People's view of Rome is of a grand, monolithic dictatorship which imposed its might upon an unwilling people, dictating how they lived, how they spoke and how they worshipped. They see the Romans as something akin to the Nazis which is hardly surprising since the fascists tried to model themselves on Rome.
The truth about Roman Britain is much more subtle and surprising, and serves to show why on the one hand their legacy has endured so long, and on the other, why their culture vanished so quickly once they departed from these shores.
The first of these was Julius Caesar. This great republican general had conquered Gaul and was looking for an excuse to avoid returning to Rome.
Britain afforded him one, in 55 BC, when Commius, king of the Atrebates, was ousted by Cunobelin, king of the Catuvellauni, and fled to Gaul. Caesar seized the opportunity to mount an expedition on behalf of Commius. He wanted to gain the glory of a victory beyond the Great Ocean, and believed that Britain was full of silver and booty to be plundered.
His first expedition, however, was ill-conceived and too hastily organised. With just two legions, he failed to do much more than force his way ashore at Deal and win a token victory that impressed the senate in Rome more than it did the tribesmen of Britain.
In 54 BC, he tried again, this time with five legions, and succeeded in re-establishing Commius on the Atrebatic throne.
Yet he returned to Gaul disgruntled and empty-handed, complaining in a letter to Cicero that there was no silver or booty to be found in Britain after all. He needed the prestige of military conquest to consolidate his hold on power. Caesar's military adventurism set the scene for the second exploitation of Britain - by the Emperor Claudius.
He was to use an identical excuse to Caesar for very similar reasons. Claudius had recently been made emperor in a palace coup.A Short History of the Roman Empire ~~ Paul V. Hartman ~~ The empire which was to rule all of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, began as a farming community on the Tiber River in central lausannecongress2018.com village and its surrounding areas was occupied in the BC era by a people called the "Latins.".
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This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of The Roman Empire (60 BCE CE). Mar 29, · Conquered for vanity, half-heartedly Romanised and eventually abandoned to its fate, Roman Britain represents a fascinating microcosm of the rise and fall of an empire. Synagogue. Aricia, temple of Diana, terrace 1.
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