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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(12-09-2017, 07:46 PM)Theoderic Wrote:
The idea that Paulinus called on the veterans of the 2nd... rather than the whole Legion is new to me

It was Michael's idea, back in this post (from five years ago! It doesn't seem that long...)


Seems very plausible to me.

(12-09-2017, 07:46 PM)Theoderic Wrote:
The only reason that it is assumed that part of the 2nd was with Paulinus is because Agricola was with Paulinus and it is thought that as he was assigned to the 2nd Legion

I don't think we know when or in which legion Agricola served - Tacutus just says he was a tribune in Britain, and shared a tent with Paulinus (so he was probably either in the 14th, or a staff officer on detached duty, as you suggest). I think it's usually assumed that Agricola arrived in Britain after the revolt had already been crushed; otherwise perhaps T would have mentioned his hero's part in it!

As for the 2nd - they could have been in Wales with Agricola's main army, with just the veteran detachment elsewhere as suggested above. Or the bulk of the legion could have been at Exeter (I believe the fortress there is usually assumed to be too small to hold a full legion), with Postumus commanding a detachment, whether of veterans or otherwise, somewhere else - maybe Usk, or Kingsholm/Gloucester.

Alternatively, I suppose Postumus could have been commanding the full legion, with the more senior officers elsewhere - although the other two suggestions above seem far more likely, I think.
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 - 12-09-2017, 09:52 PM

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