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A New Governor for Britain

Contributed by David Verne

The Roman governor of Britain, Frontinus, has been recalled to Rome and is rewarded for his service by being appointed Water Commissioner of Rome, a post only given to trusted men. His replacement, Julius Agricola, has twice served on the staff of British governors. During the transition between governors, the Ordovices, a Welsh tribe, wipe out a Roman cavalry detachment. Agricola acts swiftly after taking command and nearly wipes out the tribe. He establishes a reputation as a capable commander and administrator, and he reforms the corrupt grain tax. He also begins preparing for a campaign to extend Roman control north into Scotland. [1]

My Take by David Verne
Modern historians know more about what Agricola was doing during this time period than what Vespasian was doing. Agricola was smart enough to marry his daughter to a young politician and future historian, Tacitus. Tacitus wrote his first history on the life of his father-in-law, detailing Agricola's campaigns in Britain. In the 15th century, a copy of the book was discovered in a German monastery. This copy and various copied pages discovered in libraries throughout Europe have resulted in a near complete reconstruction of the original.

King Giru of Baekje takes the throne

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

Giru, eldest son of King Daru of the Baekje Kingdom in Korea, had been heir to the throne since the year 33. This year, during the 50th year of his reign, King Daru died thus making Giru the third King of Baekje. Little is known about his reign, especially to Western historians. The main chronicla of the era, the Samguk Sagi ("History of the Three Kingdoms") doesn't contain information about the early reign. The first event recorded during the reign of Giru wasn't until 85 AD and recorded that in the first month of spring soldiers were sent to attack the borders of the Silla kingdom, as well as the first sighting of a new star. Most of the events documented during the reign of Giru were a variety of natural disasters, which many viewed as bad omens for the kingdom. The other notable achievment was the signing of a lasting peace treaty with the Silla kingdom in the year 105.

My Take by Southpaw Ben
It's amazing how much is known about the Roman Empire during this time period, and yet very little is known about the events of the Korean Penninsula. The Samguk Sagi oldest source for a chronicle of the Korean penninsula, and yet it wasn't written until 1145 AD, which, along with some of the events recorded, could call to question it's reliability, for example, the report in 97 AD that 2 dragons were seen at the Han river. It also is biased towards the Silla kingdom, as it's writer came from that region.

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  1. Gnaeus Julius Agricola.

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