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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(05-24-2016, 09:43 PM)Marieta Sandalo Wrote: EXACTLY the sort of discussion I was looking forward to find online

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(05-24-2016, 09:43 PM)Marieta Sandalo Wrote: would the place soon become "taboo", "cursed"? A pilgrimage site? Forgotten?

There was a discussion some way back on this massive thread, I remember, about post-battle disposal of the bodies. Unfortunately we don't know all that much about either the Roman or the native British attitudes to battle sites. There are examples of Romans constructing victory monuments, for example (Germanicus in AD16, Augustus after Actium, Trajan at Adamklissi), but this apparently wasn't a common practice.

The ghosts of the 'unquiet dead' were thought (by the Romans) to haunt the earth, and quite possibly the Britons had similar ideas. But in the case of Tring/Cow Roast at least there's evidence of later occupation and/or industrial use of the site - albeit maybe a century or more later. If the battle happened (as most of us seem to think) a long way from Iceni territory, the local people may have had little veneration for the dead - they'd have just stripped the corpses of anything valuable and burned them to clear the land. If the battle site was on or close to a major road (as seems likely), leaving a load of corpses lying about would not have been ideal.

Britain, and Europe generally, is covered with the sites of historic battles, few of which have yielded any remains, and few of which are even known for certain. It does seem that people in the past were quick to forget the exact locations!

There's a brief article here about 'trophies and tombstones' in the Roman world, if you can access it.
Nathan Ross
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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 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
RE: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand. - by Nathan Ross - 05-25-2016, 12:08 PM

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