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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Quote:Being a cautious fellow, Paulinus probably wouldn't have turned his army around without firm intelligence. He could have been opposite Anglesey by the time such intelligence reached him
I was thinking of this:

April – Iceni begin mobilisation, uncovering caches of 'decommissioned' weapons. Catus, informed of this, sends a message to Governor Paulinus at his campaign headquarters at Wroxeter.

May 1st – Paulinus begins his campaign against the Ordovices, marching north and west from Wroxeter.


If Paulinus was that cautious, would he have set off for the most westerly side of the island, having been informed of a potential uprising in the east?


Quote:(possibly a more cursory job than T implies - Agricola had to go back and do it again 16 years later!)
Possibly Paulinus had to abandon his Welsh conquests to conduct the mopping-up operations after the revolt. Tacitus tells us that he united his whole army (contractus deinde omnis exercitus) and kept it under canvas to conclude the war.


Quote:As for the ship - Webster made the same assumption. I think it's just Dio thinking that Anglesey's an island, so Paulinus obviously had to sail back to the mainland
Quite possibly: Dio reads as if he thought that Mona was some distance from the mainland. We should not necessarily dismiss it out of hand, however, but consider whether a sea journey conferred any advantage upon Paulinus. Webster considered that it reduced his land journey to London by some 70 miles, but he was thinking in terms of a cavalry dash.


Quote:Good work on the 'accurate' translation though - when a text gets this amount of scrutiny it's good to be reminded what it actually says... ;-)
Thank you. I was struck, on reading the Latin, that the translations all refer to "the province" and that is obviously what Tacitus means, but he does not actually say it.
Michael King Macdona

And do as adversaries do in law, -
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
(The Taming of the Shrew: Act 1, Scene 2)
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! - by Ensifer - 03-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-18-2012, 06:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 09:42 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-27-2012, 01:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Renatus - 10-06-2012, 09:31 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-08-2014, 01:50 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-18-2014, 07:54 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-20-2014, 02:37 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-25-2014, 08:29 AM

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