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Romans In Britain: Claudius
Romans in Britain
"As Caesar's expedition to Britain had not really been a full success, it took nearly a century before the Romans made another attempt to conquer the 'white island' off the Gaulish coast.This quiz tests your knowledge about this 'second conquest'."
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When in 43 AD the Emperor Claudius decided on a a more comprehensive invasion of Britain, he had various reasons for that enterprise. Which of these played NO role at all ?
the Spanish silver mines were no longer sufficient to the Roman Empire
Claudius wanted to avenge the death of his protege King Cunebolinus
in South-East Britain anti- Roman feelings were developing
Claudius wanted to deflect attention from his own conflicts with the Roman Senate
Claudius had been born in Lugdunum in Gallia (10 BC), not in Rome. What modern French town developed out of Lugdunum?
Which of these was the supreme commander of Claudius' invasion army, who, in a new attempt to conquer the British heartlands, led the Roman troops against such inveterate enemies as the Catavellauni, the Belgae, and others ?
True or false? This time there was no fighting on the beaches. The Romans landed south of the Thames and marched unopposed towards what is now Rochester.When it came to crossing the Medway, Plautius used eight cohorts of Batavian (Dutch) elite swimmers who were expert in stealthily getting to the other side of rivers even when having to wear full battle gear.
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What was the name of the "British" capital of the Catavellauni, for the siege of which the Roman Emperor Claudius not only personally took command of the troops but also brought up 38 war elephants?
Camulodunum or present-day Colchester
Verulamium or present-day St. Albans
Londinium or present-day London
Durovernum or present-day Canterbury
Strangely enough, the Romans made a pause and did not pursue the Celts immediately. Some believe they wanted to spare the Celtic leader Caratacus and to create some good-will for later negotiations. Where did Caratacus find a refuge?
the Lake District
the Isle of Wight
True or false? The Roman general who took a substantial Roman force westward subduing tribes and capturing oppida going at least as far as Exeter was nobody else but Vespasian, the later Emperor of Rome.
What was the name used by the Romans to refer to what is now called Wales?
The conquest of Britain gave Claudius the prestige he needed to consolidate his position as Emperor.The Senate gave him and his son the nickname Britannicus. How did Claudius reward Aulus Plautius?
he donated him a golden crown
a triumphal arch was built for Plautius
he made him governor of Britain
when returning to Rome Claudius let his general enter with him at the head of an honorary procession
Military victories may be one thing, victories within the family circle can occasionally be quite another pair of shoes. Anyway, Claudius was not too lucky with his wives. How did his fourth wife Agrippina finally put an end to his imperial career?
she gave him a meal with poisoned mushrooms
she strangled him in a game of bonding
she drowned him in his bath
she stabbed him in his sleep
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Compiled Jun 28 12