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A re-enactor at Chester Roman amphitheatre

Recreating the Roman military:
a re-enactor at Chester Roman amphitheatre

Brittania Oceani insula, cui quondam Albion nomen fuit, inter septentrionem et occidentem locata est… (Bede Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum I.1)

Welcome to Roman Britain, a website dedicated to making accessible information about the Roman province and, later, Diocese of Britannia, the most north-westerly of the imperial possessions.

Geography

Roman Britain according to Ptolemy

Roman Britain according to Ptolemy

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History

Claudius

Claudius: the Emperor who made Britannia a Roman possession

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Anthropology

Tombstone of a Sarmatian cavalryman from Chester

Tombstone of a Sarmatian cavalryman from Chester

Ceterum Britanniam qui mortales initio coluerint, indigenae an aduecti, ut inter barbaros, parum compertum. (Tacitus de Vita Agricolae 11)

Who were the people of Britannia? Anicent writers called them Britanni (or Πρεττανοι in Greek); from the later first century, the term Brittones is also used and this became the word the people used of themselves. Modern popular writers call them Celts, a word that has become controversial. The ancient reality was more complex.

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