By Nic Fields
Whilst the Romans occupied the southern 1/2 Britain in advert forty three, the Iceni tribe speedy allied themselves with the invaders. Having paid tribute to Rome, they persisted to be governed by way of their very own kings. yet 17 years later, while Prasutagus, the king of the Iceni, died, the Romans made up our minds to include his country into the recent province. whilst his widow Boudicca protested, she "was flogged and their daughters raped", sparking probably 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, prior to being ultimately delivered to heel in a pitched conflict at Mancetter.
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With the bulk of the provincial army, along with the provincial governor, far away in the wet and cold wilderness of what is now north Wales, Boudicca had faced minimal resistance. The provincial towns of Colchester-Camulodunum, London-Londinium and St Albans-Verulamium were quickly overrun, looted and razed to the ground, captured Romans and their sympathizers, regardless of age or sex, hideously abused, and the best part of the one remaining Roman legion that had been left in that part of the province ambushed and destroyed.
For such men, the legions offered a roof over their head, food in their bellies and a regular income in coin. N o surprises here. Basic military pay was not the road to riches, but there was always the chance of bounties and emoluments, and the certainty of a discharge bonus. Overall a soldier's life was more secure than that of an itinerant labourer, and he enjoyed a superior status too. Of course, we must remember the harsher side of such a career. A soldier, who must be in the thick of things, ran the risk of being killed or crippled by battle or disease, but also on an everyday basis was subject to the army's brutal discipline.
1), along with the Trinovantes, the Cenimagni, presumably the Iceni, and if so, this may be the beginning of their early pro-Roman policy. Anyhow, it was following this uprising and its crushing that Prasutagus was made a client of Rome, with some degree of independence, and given the kingship of the entire tribe. Of course, it was his death that was to spark the rebellion led by his wife. In discussing the causes of the rebellion, Tacitus makes no mention of what Cassius Dio considers to be the chief causal agent, namely financial issues.