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Caratacus is Captured

Contributed by David Verne

Caratacus, the chief who is leading the British resistance against the Romans, has assembled an army. He has decided to risk a decisive battle and has done everything possible to give himself the advantage. He has picked a site with high mountains to one side, and the other side is a gentle incline that he has blocked with a rock rampart. A river flowed in front of the site and bands of tribesmen had taken up position to attack the Romans as they crossed. The Roman commander, Ostorius, was greatly concerned when he saw these defenses and the frenzy of the tribesmen. The legions crossed the river without too much trouble and charged the rampart. The rampart was poorly built, the Romans pulled it apart and routed the Britons. Caratacus' wife and daughter were captured, but he escaped. He fled to Cartimandua, the queen of the Brigantes, but Cartimandua saw a chance to gain favor with the Romans and turned Caratacus over. He was taken to Rome and gave a speech in front of Claudius and the Senate, where he asked to be spared in order to serve as a reminder of Rome's mercy. Claudius was so impressed by the speech that he decides to spare Caratacus and gives him a small farm in Italy, where he lived out his life. [1]

My Take by David Verne
Caratacus was a pretty clever guy, and he understood the way the Romans thought, seeing the Empire as superior to all "barbarians". He was very impressed with the splendor and size of the capital saying, "And can you, then, who have got such possessions and so many of them, covet our poor tents?"

Burrus is made Prefect

This year to secure her son Nero's place as emperor, Aggripina chose Burrus as Prefect and made him tutor to her son.

My Take by Southpaw Ben
Nero lacked a father figure in his early life. Burrus would fill this void along with Seneca, helping make his early reign a time of stability. By doing this, however, Burrus likely signed his own death warrant.

See Also


  1. Tacitus, Cornelius. The Annals. 

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