n Akroterion - The Roman colonization of Britain : two poetic insights

Volume 63 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Dispossessing Britain 

The poem draws on different translations of the description of the Battle of Mons Graupius by Tacitus the Roman historian. The account is found in Agricola, the eponymous biography of Julia’s father, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, a Gallo-Roman military commander, pontiff and governor of Britannia. The battle took place in northern Britain in AD 83. Tacitus depicts the battle as ending resistance to the Roman conquest of Britain.

Saying goodbye to the Romans

Some 380 years after the battle of Mons Graupius, Roman withdrawal from the province of Brittannia was underway. This poem is set in 410, when Constantine 111 moved the last remaining legion out of Britain to confront uprisings in Gaul. The speaker is Ethelbert, a fictional clan leader.

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