Roman Rule in Britain c.43 - 410 CE


Simeon Netchev
published on 21 June 2023
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A map illustrating the expanding control and organization of Roman rule in Britain between c. 43 and 410 CE. It took about a century between Julius Caesar’s 55 BCE foray across Britannicus Oceanus (known today as the English Channel) and the 43 CE full-scale invasion and conquest of Britain during the rule of Emperor Claudius to bring what was to become the province of Britannia in the political union that covered most of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The new rulers introduced centralized governance, money and taxes, towns and roads, baths, and circuses. Many Britons became urbanized and Romanised - wore togas, spoke Latin, and enjoyed exotic imports. It all lasted nearly four hundred years until the constant harassment by Hibernians, Caledonians, Picts, and northern European raiders became too much, and the Western Roman emperor Honorius withdrew the Roman Army from Britannia. Not all Romans left with the military though – many retired legionaries, government employees, and settlers had nothing to return to in their countries of origin and stayed on the Isles.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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