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Old 03-16-2018, 09:20 AM
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Default The Fall of Britain!

The Emperor Claudius is totally going to conquer Britain in my Roman history lecture today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_...s.43.to.84.jpg
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:38 AM
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We like to call it a foreign investment in infrastructure.
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Claudius had it handed to him on a plate. You need to read my chapter on Caerleon (and Legion II Augusta) in "Real Newport".

Mind you, I gleaned most of my information on Claudius from a lecture I attended, during which I was sitting behind the speaker so could hear better than I could see. He elaborated on his contention that the "invasion" was based on an actual consensus of would-be client kings and I learned that Claudius had been guided up the English Channel by acrobatic pirates. I wrote a poem (in hendecasyllabics) about that.

I later learned that he had actually said "Atrebatic pilots" but the disappointment was so great that I chose to ignore the new information.
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Old 03-16-2018, 03:47 PM
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How could anyone resist this thread title? Not I for one. Consequence: learning about acrobatic pilots. My knowledge of Claudius is restricted to Robert Graves and the resulting miniseries, starring I think Derek Jacobi.

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Old 03-16-2018, 04:08 PM
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"Acrobatic pirates" are way better than "Atrebatic pilots," Anne. I would love to see your poem.

Yes, Colchester was once the capital of Britannia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester

Hey, John, I love "I, Claudius." Poor Claudius. All those wives.
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Old 03-16-2018, 04:57 PM
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He was an uxorious emperor.

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Old 03-16-2018, 06:16 PM
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"Acrobatic pirates" are way better than "Atrebatic pilots," Anne. I would love to see your poem.

Yes, Colchester was once the capital of Britannia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester

Hey, John, I love "I, Claudius." Poor Claudius. All those wives.
I don't think pre-Roman Britannia had a capital, or even existed.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:35 AM
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Don't worry, Britons. Now that we are under Nero, your native queen Boudica will revolt at the prompting of the Druids. She is hot (and pissed off): https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...QEwCg..i&w=345
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:00 AM
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People might enjoy Mike Absalom's "Saga of the Ancient Briton", in which Boudicca appears. "He was a Roman in the gloaming"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVma2nDjO8o

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Old 03-19-2018, 09:00 AM
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The real story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h263hYl050

Part 1.
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