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Habitancum

(126 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Roman camp near modern Risingham (Northumberland), one of the outposts north of Hadrian's Wall in the Rede valley. Little is known about the early phases of occupation; there is no evidence that the fort was built at the same time as Hadrian's boundary wall. A camp certainly existed in the 140s; in the Severan period it was a major base for the occupation of the north. The garrison of H. was the Cohors IIII Gallorum in the 2nd cent . and the cohors I Vangionum in the 3rd cent., accompanied by a numerus exploratorum and a vexillatio Raetorum Gaesatorum. Inside the camp there is…

Tamesa

(54 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] (Tamesis). River in southeastern Britain, modern Thames (Caes. Gall. 5,11,8; Tac. Ann. 14,32; Cass. Dio 40,3,1; 60,20 f.; 62,1). At the mouth of the T., an excellent natural harbour, was Londinium (modern London). Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography M. Förster, Der Flußname Themse, 1942 A. L. F. Rivet, C. Smith, The Place-Names of Roman Britain, 1979, 466.

Camulodunum

(222 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre | Caesar | Christianity | | Coloniae | Limes | Pertinax | Britannia | Britannia The largest iron age oppidum in Britannia was situated on the lower reaches of the river Colne in Essex; under the rule of kings Dubnovellaunus and  Cunobellinus [1]. C., modern Colchester, developed. In its heyday (from about AD 10 to 40), the oppidum comprised 30 km2 within a system of protective dykes. As an important centre of power, C. attracted the import of luxury goods from Gaul and Italy. A richly decorated r…

Caledonii

(196 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Ancient authors applied the name C. variously: either to the inhabitants of Scotland north of a line from the Forth to the Clyde (Tac. Agr. 25), or to a tribe in the region of the Great Glen (Ptol. 2,3,8), or to a group of tribes in northern Scotland (Cass. Dio 76,12). The reference to Caledonia in Tac. Agr. 27 and to silvae Caledoniae in Plin. HN 4,102 suggests that the C. settled across a large area of eastern Scotland. Almost unknown prior to the Roman invasion, they offered fierce resistance to it, before they were decisively defeated by…

Britannia

(1,099 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] A. Name Originally the island was known as Albion (Avien. Ora maritima 108f. probably goes back to Pytheas, c. 325 BC). In the oldest Greek sources, B. appears as Βρεταννικαὶ νῆσοι ( Bretannikaì nêsoi) and the inhabitants as Βρεττανοί ( Brettanoí, Str. 2,1,18; 2,5,12). In Latin authors the form B. is common from the 1st cent. BC (Caes. B Gall. 2,4,7ff.; 4,20ff.; 5,2ff.; Cic. Fam. 7,6ff.). The general term for the island was coined by classical authors [1]. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) [German version] B. Rome and Britannia The first contacts between B. and the Mediterra…

Vindolanda

(108 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Roman fort about 40 km to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne, modern Chesterholm, founded in the Flavian period (AD 69-96) [1]. The fort was renovated under Hadrian; Hadrian's Wall runs 3 km to the north of it (Limes II, with map). The fort was also renovated a century later. A large vicus developed to the west of it in the 2nd and 3rd cents. [2. 1700; 3]. The most significant find from V. is the Vindolanda Writing Tablets. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 P. Bidwell, The Roman Fort of V. at Chesterholm, 1985 2 R. G. Collingwood, R. P. Wright, The Roman Inscriptions …

Cattiterides

(271 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] (Καττιτερίδες; Kattiterídes, ‘tin islands’). The C. were probably the regions and islands of the Atlantic coast of both Gaul and Britain; C. also generally referred to the south-west of Britain and the offshore islands. Most ancient authors had but little specific knowledge of this region. Thus Pliny reports that the Greek Midacritus was the first to import tin from the island of Cassiteris ( Midacritus, Plin. HN 7,197), without providing exact topographical details. Hdt. 3,115 doubted the very existence of these tin islands, probably because …

Corstopitum

(109 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Settlement in the valley of the North Tyne, modern Corbridge. During the conquest by Agricola (AD 77-84) a large base was erected here, subsequently replaced by a camp further to the east (destroyed by fire c. 125). After Hadrian's Wall was erected 7 km to the north, C. was extended to become a supply base. In the early 3rd cent. C. played a decisive role in connection with the campaigns of Septimius Severus. An important city adjoining the base arose here in the 3rd and 4th cents. [1].  Limes;  Britannia Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 M. Bishop, J. N. Dore, Corbridg…

Sutton Hoo

(77 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] In one of the burial mounds at SH near Woodbridge in Suffolk a wooden ship was found with a rich treasure (Gaulish, Scandinavian and Eastern English goods, Byzantine silver bowls, including one with the stamp of Anastasius [1] I, also Frankish coins of the period around AD 625). It is presumably the tomb of Rædwald (6th/7th cent. AD), a king of East Anglia. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography R. Bruce-Mitford, The S. H. Ship-Burial, 3 vols., 1975-1983.

Hibernia

(678 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
(Ireland). [German version] A. Ancient knowledge Ancient geographers report little of the north-west coasts of Europe and the islands off this coast. The first knowledge regarding the island of Ireland, Ierne or H. was probably only obtained during the exploratory journey of Pytheas ( c. 320 BC [1; 2]). Pytheas probably did not visit H. himself and his reports were only second-hand, but Strabo, Diodorus and Mela probably had access to his information (Str. 4,5,4; Diod. Sic. 5,32; Mela 3,6). Some elements of this tradition are pure fantasy…

Silures

(131 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Celtic tribe in Southeast Wales from the coast to the Wye, especially in the coastal plain of present-day Glamorgan. The S. resisted the Romans from AD 44, at first under Caratacus (Tac. Ann. 12,32 f.; 12,38-40; 14,29), but were finally subdued in AD 74-76 by Frontinus (Tac. Agr. 17). In the 2nd cent., possibly under Hadrian, the S. were organised as civitas Silurum with the capital of Venta Silurum (present-day Caerwent). Modest villae were built in the coastal plain. In the end, the S. came to be the most Romanised tribe in Wales. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography V. E. …

Glevum

(216 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: | Coloniae | Britannia The region around Gloucester, located at the lowest lying crossing-point over the Severn, was first occupied by the Roman army in c. AD 50. A legion base was erected in Kingsholm, probably by the legio XX Valeria Victrix [1]; this was abandoned in c. AD 60 and replaced towards the end of the rulership of Nero by a fortress on the ground of modern Gloucester, which itself was abandoned in c. AD 74/5. On the grounds of the fortress, the colonia Glevum was founded using the fortress' building materials, appa…

Trinovantes

(79 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Celtic people, settled in the region of modern Essex in the late Iron Age. In the middle of the 1st cent. BC they were under pressure from the neighbouring Catuvellauni (Caes. Gall. 5,20) and for some time were dependent on them. Under their king Cunobellinus ( c. 10-40 AD) they were again independent and dominant in southern Britain. Their largest oppidum was Camulodunum. Britannia (with map) Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography R. Dunnett, The T., 1975  S. S. Frere, Britannia, 31987.

Catuvellauni

(83 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Powerful tribe in Britannia north of the lower Thames, who most likely had links with the Gallic Catualauni. Their most influential rulers were Tasciovanus and his son  Cunobellinus [1]. Following the conquest of Britannia by Claudius (Cass. Dio 60,20,2), the C. were organized as a civitas with  Verulamium as its centre (Tac. Ann. 14,33). Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 S. S. Frere, Britannia, 31987, 44f. S. S. Frere, Verulamium Excavations 1, 1972 R. E. M. and T. V. Wheeler, Verulamium, 1936 K. Branigan, The C., 1985.

Sabrina

(60 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] River rising in Mid-Wales and flowing into the Bristol Channel (Tac. Ann. 12,31; Ptol. 2,3,3), modern Severn. Its valley played an important role in the period of the Roman conquest, with legionary bases at Glevum and Viroconium (modern Wroxeter). Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography A. L. F. Rivet, C. Smith, The Place-Names of Roman Britain, 1979, 450 f.

Cilurnum

(117 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Roman camp on the western bank of the North Tyne, where Hadrian's wall crosses the river, modern Chesters; built in around AD 125 as a replacement for tower 27a [1. 89-91]. Garrison of the ala II Asturum in the 3rd cent. AD (CIL VII 585); prior to that, the camp may have accommodated cavalry (including Sarmatae). The camp gates are extant, as are principia, praetorium, two soldiers' quarters, extra-mural thermae, and the foundations of a bridge. South of the camp was an extended vicus [2].  Limes Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 D. J. Breeze, The Northern Frontier…

South Cadbury

(53 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Iron Age hill fort in Somerset, used for a short time in the middle of the 1st century AD by the Roman army. Resettled and fortified in the late 5th century. Ceramics were imported from the Mediterranean, other goods from Gaul. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography L. Alcock, Cadbury Castle, 1995.

Vinovia

(131 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] (Οὐιννοούιον/ Ouinnooúion). A Roman fort in Binchester on the important Roman road from Eboracum (modern York) to Hadrian's Wall (Ptol. 2,3,16; [1. 1036]; Limes II), where it crossed the Vedra (modern Wear), 12 km to the south of Durham. V. was founded in the Flavian period (AD 69-96) probably under Cn. Iulius [II 3] Agricola, abandoned under Hadrian, but used again in the late Antonine period and then from the 3rd cent. onwards. An extensive vicus developed outside the fort (with long narrow business premises [2. 111, 299; 3. 253]). Stones from V. were used to b…

Deva

(180 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: | Legio | Limes | Limes | Britannia Modern Chester. Legionary camp, originally set up for the legio II Adiutrix in c. AD 75 [1] as a wooden/earthen fort, with baths (stone); water pipes of lead date the completion to AD 79. The legio XX Valeria Victrix took over the camp in c. AD 86/7. The rebuilding in stone began in c. AD 102. A large amphitheatre situated outside the walls was constructed in the 2nd cent. [2]. West of the camp on the bank of the Dee is a mooring place. The fortress wall was renovated …

Scotti

(80 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] ( Scoti, 'Scots'). A Celtic people - wild and bellicose according to Roman reports - which originally settled in the north of Hibernia (Ireland) (Oros. 1,2,81 f.). In the late 4th cent. AD, groups of them ferried across to Britannia (Amm. 18,2,3; 26,4,5; 27,8,1; 29,4,7). The S. had been Christianised before AD 431 in Hibernia by the deacon Palladius (Prosp. 1301) and came to develop a very active monastery culture. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography G. and A. Ritchie, Scotland, 1985.

Londinium

(806 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Caesar | Christianity | | Commerce | Limes | Rome | Rome | Britannia (modern London). The Roman city of L. - the name possibly contains the Celtic personal name Londinos - lay, probably without pre-Roman precursors, at the most suitable crossing point of the Tamesis (Thames), which drew the attention of the Romans at the time of the invasion in AD 43. The early settlement was on hills on both sides of the swampy valley of the Walbrook that flows from the nor…

Iceni

(184 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Celtic tribe in the area of Norfolk and Suffolk (south-eastern England). First mentioned under the name Cenimagni as one of the tribes that submitted to Caesar in AD 54 (Caes. B Gall. 5,21,1). At the time of the conquest of Britain by Claudius (AD 43), they were prepared to accept the alliance with Rome. In AD 47 they rebelled and were subjugated, however, they retained the status of a client kingdom (Tac. Ann. 12,31). After the death of their King Prasutagus c. AD 59, their entire territory was incorporated into the Roman administration, not only the half tha…

Maeatae

(119 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] (Μαιάται; Maiátai, Lat. Meatae). Tribal group in southern Scotland, late 2nd or early 3rd cent. AD, south of the Caledonii, north of the Antonine Wall. The place names Dumyat and Myot Hill in the vicinity of Stirling could be derived from the M. M. may mean ‘larger people’ or ‘inhabitants of the larger part’. The M. broke their treaty with Rome and revolted at the time of Septimius Severus in AD 210. Gradually fought down, they finally made peace in 212 with Caracalla (Xiphilinus 321; cf. Cass. Dio 76,12; Iord. Get. 2,14). Limes (II. Britannia) Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliogra…

Thule

(202 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] (Θούλη/ Thoúlē). T. was a concept, occasionally a literary term (Antonius [3]), less often a geographical location. The idea of a country in the northern Ocean, far to the north of Britannia, can be found in Verg. G. 1,30 and almost certainly refers to an account by Pytheas [4]. Strabo (1,4,2-5; 2,4,1; 2,5,8; 4,5,5) was the first geographer to use the place name T., but he does not say anything about its geographical location. Tac. Agr. 10 and Ptol. 2,3,32 applied T. to the Shetlan…

Mona

(231 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Island off the coast of north Wales, modern Anglesey, one of the most fertile regions of western Britain. M. means ‘high island’ in Celtic, while in Welsh, the island is called Mam Cymru, ‘Mother of Wales’. In antiquity, M. was important for supplying the mountainous regions of Wales with provisions and ores, esp. copper. Perhaps the Ordovices were the inhabitants of M. in the Iron Age and during Roman rule. The importance of M. in the later Iron Age is demonstrated by the great c…

Viroconium

(158 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] (Οὐιροκόνιον/ Ouirokónion). Roman legionary camp, in c. AD 55 laid out in connection with military operations in the valley of the upper Sabrina (modern Severn) [1. 292 f.]; modern Wroxeter in Shropshire, England. Abandoned in c. AD 74, as late as the end of the 1st cent., V. developed into the capital of the civitas Cornoviorum [2]. In AD 128/9, The city acquired a forum [1. 288] and, no later than the middle of the 2nd cent., thermal baths [3]. Numerous private houses were built from the 2nd cent. onwards. In the 4th cent., the …

Camboricum

(30 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] ‘Ford on the river bend’ (It. Ant. 474,7), presumably modern Icklingham (Suffolk) [1. 294]. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 A. L. F. Rivet, C. Smith, The Place-names of Roman Britain, 1979.

Ratae

(177 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Roman fort in Britannia, built before AD 50 at the site of an Iron-Age settlement on the present-day Soar River and held for c. 20 years. The fort and its vicus grew into the core of a prosperous town (It. Ant. 477,4; Ptol. 2,3,20: Ῥάγε/Rháge; CIL VII 1169; cf. CIL XVI 160), present-day Leicester [1. 52 f.]. Already before AD 100, R. was the main city of the Coritani or Corieltauvi [2]. The forum and the basilica were built under Hadrian (AD 117-138), the baths in c. AD 150. Parts of the baths have survived as the Jewry Wall, as…

Cassi

(50 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] One of five tribes in Britannia, who surrendered to Caesar in 54 BC (Caes. B Gall. 5,21). Their settlement area, which cannot be localized exactly, was in the south-east of the island. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography A. L. F. Rivet, C. Smith, The Place-names of Roman Britain, 1979, 302.

Glannaventa

(74 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] (probably modern Ravenglass/Cumbria). The camp was laid out at the beginning of Hadrian's rule at an anchorage at the river (not excavated); especially striking is a bathhouse outside the walls; the building's walls with windows 3.5 metres high are still extant. G. was likely abandoned in the late 4th cent. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography E. Birley, The Roman Fort at Ravenglass (Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological Society 58), 1958, 14-30.

Picti

(162 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Tribe beyond the northern frontier of the Roman province of Britannia, first mentioned in connection with the events of AD 297 (Laterculus Veronensis 13; Pan. Lat. 8,11,4). Constantius [1] I campaigned against them in AD 306, but from the mid-4th cent. they subjected the province to repeated attack (Amm. Marc. 20,1; 26,4,5; 27,8,20). Their territory lay in eastern Scotland, north of the Firth of Forth (cf. the etymology of various place names). Little is known of their settlements…

Rutupiae

(242 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Harbour town in far southeastern Britannia, modern Richborough (Kent), on the now silted-up channel between the island of Tonatis (modern Isle of Thanet) and the mainland of Kent [1]. The settlement, captured by the invading army of the emperor Claudius [III 1] in AD 43, was used as a central military supply base until the late 1st cent. AD. Between AD 80 and 90, a triumphal arch was erected here, probably to celebrate the northern conquests of the Flavian governors [1. 40-73]. Th…

Ordovices

(114 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] British tribe who inhabited the region between Snowdonia and the Severn valley (Ptol. 2,3,18); a site of principal settlement is unknown. They opposed the Roman invasion under Nero (AD 50), but were defeated by Julius Frontinus and Julius [II 3] Agricola between AD 74 and AD 79 (Tac. Ann. 12,33). According to Tac. Agr. 18,2, they were annihilated by Agricola. Nevertheless their name survives: e.g. in Dinorwig and Rhyd Orddwy (Wales). Britannia (with map: the indigenous tribes) Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography M.G. Jarrett, J.C. Mann, The Tribes of Wales, in: W…

Calleva Atrebatum

(135 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: | Britannia | Britannia (modern Silchester). An Iron Age oppidum, main centre of the Atrebates [2], it developed from 100 BC into a significant political centre. Through its links with  Commius, the settlement boomed in the mid 1st cent. BC. It is likely that, after AD 43, Calleva Atrebatum (CA) was incorporated into Cogidubnus' empire. The early Roman town was established within the Iron Age fortifications [1]. From its very beginnings, CA's developmen…

Mamucium

(101 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Roman fort near Manchester, on the road from Deva to Eboracum, first occupied in the Flavian period (AD 69-96), probably under Cn. Iulius [II 3] Agricola. Renovated in the early 2nd cent. [1]. An inscription on a Severan building suggests a further extension in the 3rd cent. [2. 581]. In the 4th cent., M. gained considerable strategic importance, before being abandoned after AD 370. A large vicus surrounded the fort. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 G. D. B. Jones, S. Grealey, Roman Manchester, 1974 2 R. G. Collingwood, R. P. Wight, The Roman Inscriptions of Brita…

Mons Graupius

(294 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] The Roman invasion of eastern Scotland under Iulius [II 3] Agricola brought Roman troops across the isthmus between the Forth and Clyde in AD 82 or 83 (Tac. Agr. 29,2-38,2; [1]). In contrast to the tribes of southern Scotland, the Caledonii to the north of the isthmus were very much more dangerous opponents. They were led against the Romans by Calgacus, who had probably been elected commander by the clans. He first evaded the legions, but, when the Roman advance made progress acro…

Margidunum

(184 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] On the great Roman road of the Fosse Way between Lincoln and Leicester lay various Roman settlements; one of the largest was M., near East Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire. Originally a Roman fort (late Claudian/early Neronian period), abandoned in around AD 70 [1; 2]. M. probably served as a military supply base, since the local iron ore was intensively smelted. After the end of the military occupation, the civilian settlement continued on both sides of the Fosse Way, possibly in conjunction with a mansio (or mutatio). Residential and other buildings were modest. Th…

Bremenium

(68 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] One of a line of Roman outposts north of Hadrian's Wall near the modern High Rochester. Established by Agricola (AD 77-84), the camp was renovated by Lollius Urbicus (AD 139-142), and again restored under Septimius Severus and Diocletian [1. 242-244]. CIL VII p. 178f.  Limes Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 E. B. Birley, Research on Hadrian's Wall, 1961. D. J. Breeze, The Northern Frontiers of Roman Britain, 1961, 138f.

Ictis

(143 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] British island connected to the mainland at low tide where, according to Diod. Sic. 5,22,2, the inhabitants of Belerion (Land's End in south-west-Britain) sold Tin from their mines - this was the beginning of the tin trade between Britannia and the Mediterranean region. The location of I. is still under debate. Possibilities include St. Michael's Mount in Mounts Bay, Cornwall [1. 176], which is connected to the mainland at low tide, and Mount Batten in the Plymouth Sound, Devon, w…

Durovernum

(150 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre | | Britannia | Britannia Modern Canterbury; arose in the form of an Iron Age oppidum on the Stour in the late 1st cent. BC. The Roman city developed shortly after AD 43, perhaps revealing the pre-Roman character of the tribes of Cantion (Kent). Public buildings were erected in the late 1st and early 2nd cents. A large theatre was added in the late 2nd cent. [1]; defensive works were built in the late 3rd cent. An extra muros Christian church, probably from the 4th cent., survived until c. AD 700 (Bede, Hist. Eccl. 1,26). A…

Magnae

(170 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] (or Magni). Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall in northern England (Not. Dign. Occ. 40,43; Geogr. Rav. 107,11), probably dating to the Flavian period (AD 69-96), modern Carvoran, identified because of epigraphical evidence ( numerus Magn(c)es(ium) [1. 1825]). In the early 2nd cent., before M. became part of the Hadrianic Limes after AD 122, it may have been part of Trajan's border line [2. 192-196]. The fort was not integrated into the vallum as was usually the case, but remained situated to the south. Under Hadrian and after him, the cohors I Hamiorum was stationed there unt…

Cantiaci

(107 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] Tribe in the area of Kent and East Sussex. Its name is derived from the region of Cantium. Caes. B Gall. 5,22,1 tells of four indigenous kings; this account allows the conclusion that there were a number of sub-tribes. The tribal centre was  Durovernum, also important was Durobrivae (modern Rochester). Numerous villae were built in C. in the early Imperial Age, especially in eastern and southern Kent. In the 3rd cent.,  Rutupiae,  Dubrae, Regulbium (modern Reculver) and  Portus Lemanae (modern Lympne) were garrisons of the classis Britannica. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bib…

Catuvellauni

(81 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Mächtiger Stamm in Britannia nördl. der unteren Themse, der mit den gallischen Catualauni in Verbindung gestanden haben dürfte. Seine einflußreichsten Fürsten waren Tasciovanus und sein Sohn Cunobellinus [1]. Nach der Eroberung von Britannia durch Claudius (Cass. Dio 60,20,2) wurden die C. als eine civitas mit dem Zentrum Verulamium organisiert (Tac. ann. 14,33). Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 S.S. Frere, Britannia, 31987, 44f. S.S. Frere, Verulamium Excavations 1, 1972  R.E.M. und T.V. Wheeler, Verulamium, 1936  K. Branigan, The C., 1985.

Dubrae

(133 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] h. Dover, war während der röm. Besetzung von Britannia als Hafen und Küstenfestung von großer Bed. Der hervorragende Hafen dürfte anläßlich der Invasion von 43 n.Chr. benutzt worden sein. Im späten 2. Jh. wurde ein Kastell gebaut, um eine Einheit der classis Britannica unterzubringen [1]. Dieses wurde im späten 3. Jh. durch eine Küstenfestung gegen die Sachsen ersetzt. Teile der Quays und der Molen wurden im Hafenviertel von Dover aufgedeckt. Ungewöhnlich ist ein gut erh. röm. Leuchtturm auf dem East Hill, achteckig in d…

Regni

(106 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] (Regini). Kelt. Volksstamm, der in der Gegend von Hampshire und West Sussex siedelte und zum Königreich des Commius (Mitte des 1. Jh. v. Chr.) und des Cogidubnus (ein Jh. später) gehörte. Hauptort war Noviomagus (h. Chichester), wo im 1. Jh. n. Chr. ein Neptun- und Minerva-Tempel stand [1. 91]. Bei Noviomagus, 1,6 km westl. von Chichester, befand sich die Anlage von Fishbourne, verm. eine Gouverneursresidenz aus flavischer Zeit (Säulen, Mosaike, Wandmalereien) [2]. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 R. G. Collingwood, R. P. Wright, The Roman Inscriptio…

Sabrina

(59 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Fluß, der in Zentral-Wales entspringt und in den Bristol Channel mündet (Tac. ann. 12,31; Ptol. 2,3,3), h. Severn. Mit Legionsbasen in Glevum und Viroconium (h. Wroxeter) spielte sein Flußtal in der Zeit der röm. Eroberung eine wichtige Rolle. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography A. L. F. Rivet, C. Smith, The Place-Names of Roman Britain, 1979, 450 f.

Glevum

(188 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Britannia | Coloniae | Straßen Die Gegend um Gloucester, am tiefstgelegenen Übergang über den Severn gelegen, wurde von der röm. Armee erstmals ca. 50 n.Chr. besetzt. In Kingsholm wurde ein Legionsstützpunkt wohl durch die legio XX Valeria Victrix errichtet [1]; dieser wurde ca. 60 n.Chr. aufgegeben und gegen Ende der Herrschaft Neros durch eine Festung auf dem Boden des h. Gloucester ersetzt, die ihrerseits ca. 74/5 n.Chr. aufgegeben wurde. Auf dem Gelände der Festung wurde…

Camboricum

(29 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] ‘Furt an der Flußbiegung’ (Itin. Anton. 474,7), vermutlich h. Icklingham (Suffolk) [1. 294]. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography 1 A.L.F. Rivet, C. Smith, The Place-names of Roman Britain, 1979.

Margidunum

(155 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] An der großen Römerstraße des Fosse Way zw. Lincoln und Leicester lagen verschiedene röm. Siedlungen; eine der größten war M., nahe East Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire. Urspr. röm. Kastell (spätclaudische/frühneronische Zeit), aufgegeben um 70 n.Chr. [1; 2]. M. dürfte als mil. Nachschubbasis gedient haben, denn das lokale Eisenerz wurde intensiv verhüttet. Nach dem Ende der mil. Besetzung ging die zivile Besiedlung beiderseits des Fosse Way weiter, möglicherweise in Verbindung mit einer mansio (oder mutatio). Wohn- und andere Bauten waren bescheiden. D…

Dumnonii

(118 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Die D. siedelten im SW von Britannia. Ihr Name dürfte sich von dem einer vorröm. Gottheit Dumnonos ableiten. In der Eisenzeit lebten die D. weit verstreut ohne Zentrum oder oppida. Nach der röm. Eroberung (50/65 n.Chr.) wurde das Gebiet durch ein Legionslager bei Isca, später Hauptort des Stammes, gesichert [1]. Siedlungen blieben in röm. Zeit verstreut und nicht romanisiert, einige kleine villae entstanden in der Nähe von Isca. Sie betrieben Weidewirtschaft, Erze wurden abgebaut (z.B. Zinn in West-Cornwall und Dartmoor, Silber in Ost-Cornwall [2]). Todd, Malcol…

Hibernia

(654 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
(Irland). [English version] A. Frühe Kenntnis Ant. Geographen berichten wenig über die NW-Küsten Europas und die küstennahen Inseln. Kenntnisse über die Insel Irland, Ierne oder H. dürften erstmals auf der Forschungsreise des Pytheas (ca. 320 v.Chr. [1; 2]) gewonnen worden sein. Pytheas hat wohl H. selbst nicht besucht, seine Berichte stammen aus zweiter Hand; seine Informationen dürften zu Strabon, Diodoros und Mela gelangt sein (Strab. 4,5,4; Diod. 5,32; Mela 3,6). Einige Elemente dieser Überl. ents…

Orkades

(130 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] (Ὀρκάδες, lat. Orcades). Die Orkney-Inseln (h. etwa 70 Inseln, von denen 24 bewohnt sind) vor der Nordküste Schottlands, der Kenntnis der ant. Welt wohl erstmals durch Pytheas (E. 4. Jh.v.Chr.) vermittelt. Nach den ant. Autoren handelt es sich um 30 (Mela 3,54; Ptol. 2,3,31) bis 40 (Plin. nat. 4,103) nur zum kleineren Teil bewohnte Inseln. Die Flotte des Iulius [II 3] Agricola (Tac. Agr. 10) erkundete die O. 83/4 n.Chr. Einige O. waren Ptolemaios (2,3,31) mit ungenauen Koordinaten bekannt. Die Kontakte zu Rom beschränkten sich auf den Handel (wenige röm. Funde). Todd,…

Ratae

(164 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Straßen Röm. Kastell in Britannia, vor 50 n. Chr. an der Stelle einer eisenzeitlichen Siedlung am h. Soar errichtet und ca. 20 J. gehalten. Darüber und über dem Kastell- vicus entwickelte sich der Kernbereich einer blühenden Stadt (Itin. Anton. 477,4; Ptol. 2,3,20: Ῥάγε; CIL VII 1169; vgl. CIL XVI 160), h. Leicester [1. 52 f.]. Schon vor 100 n. Chr. war R. Hauptort der Coritani oder Corieltavi [2]. Forum und Basilika entstanden unter Hadrianus (117-138 n. Chr.), die …

Isca Silurum

(139 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Britannia | Legio | Limes | Limes | Straßen Ca. 74 n.Chr. angelegtes röm. Legionslager in Britannia, h. Caerleon (Süd-Wales). Hier war die legio II Augusta stationiert [1; 2]. Um 100 n.Chr. wurden die Verteidigungsanlagen in Stein erneuert, dann die Innenbauten. Außerhalb der Lagermauern wurde ein Amphitheater ausgegraben, desgleichen Kaianlagen am Ufer des Usk [3; 4]. Seit 300 wurde die Besatzung reduziert und im 4. Jh. ganz abgezogen. Seit dem 2. Jh. entwickelte sich ein ausgedehnter vicus. Todd, Malcolm (Exet…

Eboracum

(258 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Britannia | Christentum | Coloniae | Handel | Legio | Limes | Limes | Pertinax | Roma | Roma | Straßen (h. York). Die strategisch günstige Lage im Herzen des Vale of York empfahl E. den Römern als Basis für die mil. Kontrolle von Nord-Britannia. Die früheste Garnison in E. wurde unter Q. Petilius Cerealis 71/74 n.Chr. stationiert [1]. Das Legionslager ( legio IX Hispana) war ein Holz/Erde-Kastell der 70er Jahre; der Umbau in Stein wurde im frühen 2. Jh. vorgenommen. Die legio VI Victrix ersetzte die legio IX Hispana zw. 109 u…

Iceni

(168 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Kelt. Stamm im Gebiet von Norfolk und Suffolk (SO-England). Erstmals erwähnt unter dem Namen Cenimagni als einer der Stämme, die sich Caesar 54 v.Chr. unterwarfen (Caes. Gall. 5,21,1). Zur Zeit der claudischen Eroberung (43 n.Chr.) waren sie bereit, die Allianz mit Rom zu akzeptieren. 47 n.Chr. rebellierten sie und wurden unterworfen, blieben aber im Status eines verbündeten Königreiches (Tac. ann. 12,31). Nach dem Tod ihres Königs Prasutagus ca. 59 n.Chr. wurde ihr Gebiet in die…

Ordovices

(109 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Britannisches Volk, bewohnte das Gebiet zw. Snowdon-Massiv und dem Severn-Tal (Ptol. 2,3,18); ein Zentralort ist nicht bekannt. Sie widersetzten sich der röm. Invasion unter Nero (50 n.Chr.), wurden aber von Iulius Frontinus und Iulius [II 3] Agricola zw. 74 und 79 n.Chr. unterworfen (Tac. ann. 12,33); nach Tac. Agr. 18,2 wurden sie von Agricola aufgerieben. Immerhin überlebte ihr Name z.B. in Dinorwig und Rhyd Orddwy (Wales). Britannia (mit Karte: Die indigenen Stämme) Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography M.G. Jarrett, J.C. Mann, The Tribes of Wales, in: We…

Magnae

(136 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] (oder Magni). Röm. Kastell am Hadrians-Wall in Nordengland (Not. dign. occ. 40,43; Geogr. Rav. 107,11) wohl aus flavischer Zeit (69-96 n.Chr.), h. Carvoran, inschr. lokalisiert ( numerus Magn(c)es(ium) [1. 1825]), evtl. Teil der traianischen Grenzlinie im frühen 2. Jh., bevor M. nach 122 n.Chr. in den hadrianischen Limes eingefügt wurde [2. 192-196]. Ausnahmsweise wurde das Kastell nicht in das vallum eingegliedert, sondern verblieb südl. davon. Unter Hadrianus und später war die cohors I Hamiorum hier stationiert, bis zum 3. Jh. durch die cohors II Delmat…

Britannia

(1,016 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] A. Name Urspr. war die Insel unter dem Namen Albion geläufig (Avien. ora maritima 108f. geht wohl auf Pytheas, ca. 325 v.Chr. zurück). In den ältesten griech. Quellen erscheint B. als Βρεταννικαὶ νῆσοι ( Bretannikaí nḗsoi), die Einwohner als Βρεττανοί ( Brettanoí, Strab. 2,1,18; 2,5,12). Bei lat. Autoren ist die Form B. seit dem 1.Jh. v.Chr. üblich (Caes. Gall. 2,4,7ff.; 4,20ff.; 5,2ff.; Cic. fam. 7,6ff.). Der Oberbegriff für die Insel ist eine Schöpfung klass. Autoren [1]. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) [English version] B. Rom und Britannia Die ersten Kontakte zw. B.…

Lactodurum

(47 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] (h. Towcester/Northamptonshire; Itin. Anton. 2; 6). Späteisenzeitliche Ansiedlung; seit Mitte 1. Jh.n.Chr. eine röm. Militärstation. Die Stadt war im 2. Jh. mit Wall und Graben, im 3. Jh. durch eine Steinbefestigung gesichert. Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) Bibliography A.L.F. Rivet, C. Smith, The Place-Names of Roman Britain, 1979, 382f.

Habitancum

(113 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] Römisches Lager beim h. Risingham (Northumberland), einer der Vorposten nördl. des Hadrianswalls im Tal des Rede. Die frühen Phasen der Besetzung liegen im Dunkeln; es gibt keinen Beweis dafür, daß das Fort zur selben Zeit wie der hadrianische Grenzwall gebaut wurde. Ein Lager existierte sicher in den 140er J.; in severischer Zeit war es ein Hauptstützpunkt der Besetzung des Nordens. Die Garnison von H. war im 2. Jh. die cohors IIII Gallorum, im 3. Jh. die cohors I Vangionum, begleitet von einem numerus exploratorum und einer vexillatio Raetorum Gaesatorum. Im Inn…

Cambodunum

(181 words)

Author(s): Dietz, Karlheinz (Würzburg) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] [1] Heute Kempten im Allgäu Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Coloniae | Limes | Raeti, Raetia Heute Kempten im Allgäu. Vorort der Estiones (Strab. 4,6,7); rechts der Iller tiberianische Holzhäuser, seit Kaiser Claudius Steinbauten in rechtwinkligem Straßensystem um einen hl. Bezirk mit “Forum”, Basilika, Thermen. Evtl. erster Sitz des Statthalters in Raetia, wohl splendidissma colonia (Tac. Germ. 41,1). Durch Augsburg verdrängt, wurde C. bei den Einfällen der Alamanni im 3.Jh. zerstört. Links der Iller auf dem Plateau …

Atrebates

(255 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[English version] [1] Volk in Gallia Belgica Volk in Gallia Belgica, Region Artois (Ptol. 2,9,4; Strab. 4,3,5), siedelte im Einzugsbereich der Scarpe, vornehmlich in der Gegend um Nemetacum. Nach ihrer Unterwerfung zusammen mit den benachbarten Nervii (im Osten) und den Viromandui (im Südosten) durch Caesar 57 v.Chr. (Caes. Gall. 2,4,9; 16,2f.; 23,1) standen die A. in einem freundschaftlichen Verhältnis zu Rom. Ihr König Commius bekam die Oberhoheit über die Morini (im Norden bzw. Nordwesten) und wurde…

Uxellodunum

(155 words)

Author(s): Demarolle, Jeanne-Marie (Nancy) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] [1] Oppidum in the territory of the Cadurci This item can be found on the following maps: Celts | Oppidum Oppidum in the territory of the  Cadurci (Caes. Gall. 8,32,2) in Aquitania, conquered by Caesar in 51 BC (Caes. Gall. 8,39-44). The location of  U. is disputed among the following places: l'Impernal de Luzech [2. 109-111], le Puy d'Issolu near Vayrac [2. 133-136], Murcens-Cras [1], Capdenac. Demarolle, Jeanne-Marie (Nancy) Bibliography 1 O. Buchsenschutz, G. Mercadier, Recherche sur l'oppidum de Murcens-Cras, in: Aquitania 7, 1989, 25-51 2 M. I. Labrousse…

Cambodunum

(212 words)

Author(s): Dietz, Karlheinz (Würzburg) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] [1] The modern Kempten in the Allgäu region of Bavaria This item can be found on the following maps: Coloniae | Limes | Raeti, Raetia modern Kempten in the Allgäu region of Bavaria. Main settlement of the Estiones (Str. 4,6,7); on the right bank of the Iller, Tiberian wooden houses, from the time of emperor Claudius stone buildings in a rectangular grid of streets centred around a sacred precinct comprising of ‘forum’, basilica, and baths. Possibly the first seat of the governor in  Raetia, probably splendidissima colonia (Tac. Germ. 41,1). Displaced by Augsburg, C…

Atrebates

(287 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] [1] People in Gallia Belgica People in Gallia Belgica, Artois region (Ptol. 2,9,4; Str. 4,3,5), settled in the catchment area of the Scarpe, especially in the area around Nemetacum. After their subjection together with the neighbouring Nervii (in the east) and the Viromandui (in the south-east) by Caesar in 57 BC (Caes. B Gall. 2,4,9; 16,2f.; 23,1) the A. maintained a friendly relationship with Rome. Their king  Commius received sovereignty over the Morini (in the north and north-west)…

Promunturium, Promontorium

(561 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Muggia, Anna (Pavia) | Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam)
(“Vorgebirge”, “Kap”). [English version] [1] Promontorium Cantium Landspitze im äußersten SO von Britannia gegenüber der Mündung des Rheins (τὸ Κάντιον). Landspitze im äußersten SO von Britannia gegenüber der Mündung des Rheins, eine Landmarke für Seeleute und Geographen, h. South Foreland/Kent (vgl. Caes. Gall. 5,13,1; 14,1; 22,1; Diod. 5,21,3; Strab. 1,4,3; 4,3,3; 5,1). Cantium dürfte kelt. “Ecke” bedeuten [1]. Die exponierte Lage im äußersten SO der Insel gab den Cantiaci ihren Namen, der sich auch auf das im 6. Jh. hier entstehende Königreich Kent übertrug. Todd, Malcolm (…

Promunturium, Promontorium

(612 words)

Author(s): Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Muggia, Anna (Pavia) | Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam)
('promontory', 'cape'). [German version] [1] Promontorium Cantium Headland in the far south-east of Britannia, opposite the mouth of the Rhine (τὸ Κάντιον). Headland in the far south-east of Britannia, opposite the mouth of the Rhine; a landmark for seamen and geographers, modern South Foreland/Kent ( cf. Caes. B Gall. 5,13,1; 14,1; 22,1; Diod. Sic. 5,21,3; Str. 1,4,3; 4,3,3; 5,1). Cantium probably means 'corner' in Celtic [1]. The exposed location in the far south-east of the island gave its name to the Cantiaci, and the name was also applied to the ki…

Noviomagus

(1,862 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg) | Lafond, Yves (Bochum) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter)
[German version] [1] City of the Bituriges Vivisci in Aquitania The city of the Bituriges Vivisci (Βίτουργες Οὐβίσκοι/ Bítourges Oubískoi) in Aquitania mentioned in Ptol. 2,7,7 (Νουιόμαγος/ Nouiómagos) is generally identified with a Roman vicus near Brion (Saint-Germain-d'Esteuil) in the Médoc between Lesparre and Pauillac ( département of Gironde). This town with an ancient sanctuary of the Medulli had been inhabited from the 3rd cent. BC; urban development is recognisable from the time of Claudius (41-54 AD). It was in this period that the fanum (sanctuary) and the theatre we…

Mediolan(i)um

(580 words)

Author(s): Heucke, Clemens (München) | Polfer, Michel (Ettelbrück) | Schön, Franz (Regensburg) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Burian, Jan (Prag) | Et al.
(Μεδιολάν[ι]ον). [English version] [1] das h. Milano Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Bataveraufstand | Bundesgenossensystem | Christentum | Coloniae | Italien, Sprachen | Pilgerschaft | Regio, regiones | Roma | Theater | Straßen Das h. Milano. Anf. des 4. Jh.v.Chr. Gründung durch Insubres (Liv. 5,34,9) an der Mündung mehrerer Alpentäler in der Ebene des Padus/Po (Pol. 2,34,10); 222 v.Chr. Eroberung durch Cn. Scipio; später wichtigste Stadt des Gebiets (Pol. 2,34,15). Nach einem Aufstand im zweiten Punischen Krieg…

Aquae

(2,214 words)

Author(s): Uggeri, Giovanni (Florenz) | Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Lafond, Yves (Bochum) | Dietz, Karlheinz (Würzburg) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Et al.
I. Italien [English version] A. Albulae schwefelhaltige Quellen des Lago della Soforata rechtsseits des Anio, 16 km von Rom entfernt; Kultort. Die Quellen sind kalt und heilend, Nero ließ sie in die Domus Aurea leiten. Große röm. villa bei Bagni della Regina. CIL XIV 3908-18. Uggeri, Giovanni (Florenz) [English version] A. Angae In Bruttium zw. Consentia und Vibo Valentia, h. Terme Caronte von Lamezia Terme. Uggeri, Giovanni (Florenz) [English version] A. Apollinares Thermen zw. Careiae und Tarquinii (It. Ant. 300), nicht identifiziert (evtl. Bagni di Stigliano oder…

Mediolan(i)um

(673 words)

Author(s): Heucke, Clemens (Munich) | Polfer, Michel (Ettelbrück) | Schön, Franz (Regensburg) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Burian, Jan (Prague) | Et al.
(Μεδιολάν[ι]ον/ Mediolán[i]on). [German version] [1] Modern Milan This item can be found on the following maps: Socii (Roman confederation) | Theatre | Christianity | | Coloniae | Italy, languages | Pilgrimage | Regio, regiones | Rome | Batavian Revolt The modern city of Milan. It was founded in the early 4th cent. BC by the Insubres (Liv. 5,34,9) at the juncture of several Alpine valleys in the Padus/Po plain (Pol. 2,34,10); in 222 BC, it was captured by Cn. Scipio; it was later to become the most important city of that region (Pol.…

Aquae

(2,365 words)

Author(s): Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence) | Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Lafond, Yves (Bochum) | Dietz, Karlheinz (Würzburg) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Et al.
I. Italy [German version] A. Albulae Sulphurous sources of the Lago della Soforata on the right bank of the  Anio, 16 km from Rome; cult site. The springs are cold and have healing properties;  Nero had them canalized into the Domus Aurea. Large Roman   villa near Bagni della Regina. CIL XIV 3908-18. Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence) [German version] A. Angae In Bruttium between Consentia and Vibo Valentia, today Terme Caronte of Lamezia Terme. Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence) [German version] A. Apollinares Thermal springs between Careiae and  Tarquinii (It. Ant. 300); unidentified (…

Castra

(2,134 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon) | Förtsch, Reinhard (Cologne) | Šašel Kos, Marjeta (Ljubljana) | Lombardo, Mario (Lecce) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Et al.
A. Military camp [German version] [I 1] General The Roman soldiers always made sure that they were protected by fortifications. This also applied when they only stopped for a night on campaigns. In the evening of their arrival the field camp had to be set up and destroyed again on the morning of departure. The plural castra was the name given to any kind of military camp, the singular castrum certainly existed but was not used in mil. vocabulary. Castellum is the diminutive form of castra (Veg. Mil. 3,8) and also had a civilian meaning. The origin of the Roman camps is uncertain; because …

Castra

(1,894 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon) | Förtsch, Reinhard (Köln) | Šašel Kos, Marjeta (Ljubljana) | Lombardo, Mario (Lecce) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Et al.
A. Militärlager [English version] [I 1] Allgemein Die röm. Soldaten sorgten immer dafür, durch Befestigungsanlagen geschützt zu sein. Dies galt auch, wenn sie auf Feldzügen nur für eine Nacht Halt machten. Abends bei der Ankunft mußte das Marschlager errichtet und morgens beim Aufbruch wieder zerstört werden. Der Plural c. bezeichnete jegliche Art von Militärlager, der Singular castrum existierte zwar, wurde im mil. Vokabular jedoch nicht benutzt. Castellum, das auch eine zivile Bed. hatte, ist Diminutiv zu c. (Veg. mil. 3,8). Der Ursprung der röm. Lager liegt im Ungewissen…

Pons

(1,276 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Bochum) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Waldherr, Gerhard H. (Regensburg) | Burian, Jan (Prag) | Graßl, Herbert (Salzburg) | Et al.
[English version] [1] s. Straßen- und Brückenbau s. Straßen- und Brückenbau Eder, Walter (Bochum) [English version] [2] Stimmbrücke Mit p. (in der Regel im Pl. pontes) werden auch die engen “Stimmbrücken” in Rom bezeichnet, die in den comitia auf dem Weg zur Abstimmung überschritten werden mußten. Der Ursprung des Sprichworts Sexagenarios de ponte (deicere), das dazu auffordert, ‘Sechzigjährige von der Brücke zu werfen’ (Cic. S. Rosc. 100; Fest. 452; Macr. Sat. 1,5,10) wird mit dem von den Jüngeren verlangten Ausschluß der Alten von der Abstimmung…

Limes

(10,481 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) | Dietz, Karlheinz (Würzburg) | Schön, Franz (Regensburg) | Et al.
[English version] I. Allgemein Das lat. Wort l. bezeichnete in der rel.-administrativen Lehre der Landvermesser den Grenzweg zw. zwei Grundstücken, im mil. und polit. Sprachgebrauch (Tac. ann. 1,50; Frontin. strat. 1,3,10) die Grenze zw. röm. und nicht-röm. Gebiet (SHA Hadr. 12). In den vergangenen J. hat sich das seit dem 19. Jh. fast ausschließlich geltende mil. Verständnis des L.-Begriffs in der Forschung ausgeweitet auf sein histor.-geogr. und sozioökonomisches Umfeld. Urspr. als lückenlos konzipie…

Pons

(1,427 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Waldherr, Gerhard H. (Regensburg) | Burian, Jan (Prague) | Graßl, Herbert (Salzburg) | Et al.
[German version] [1] Roads and bridges, construction of see Roads and bridges, construction of Eder, Walter (Berlin) [German version] [2] Voting bridge The term pons (generally in the plural form of pontes) was also used for the narrow 'voting bridges' in Rome which members of the comitia had to cross on the way to cast their votes. It is argued that the saying Sexagenarios de ponte (deicere) with its incitement to throw sixty-year olds from the bridge (Cic. Rosc. Am. 100; Fest. 452; Macrob. Sat. 1,5,10) stemmed from the demand by younger voters to bar older o…

Portus

(1,551 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) | Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Et al.
[German version] [1] Artificially extended harbour complex near Ostia This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre An artificial harbour complex, created under the emperor Claudius (AD 41-54) to extend the harbour of Ostia (with plan) and enlarged under Trajan (AD 98-117), c. 3 km northwest of Ostia. The Claudian harbour basin ( c. 80 hectares) was protected from the sea by a mole structure (but not actually safe; in AD 62 almost 200 ships went down in a storm: Tac. Ann. 15,18) and marked by a lighthouse (cf. plan: 1) (according to Suet. C…

Limes

(12,382 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) | Dietz, Karlheinz (Würzburg) | Schön, Franz (Regensburg) | Et al.
[German version] I. General In the religious and administrative theory of the land surveyors, the Latin word limes denoted the path marking the boundary between two pieces of land, while in military and political usage (Tac. Ann. 1,50; Frontin. Str. 1,3,10) it meant the border between Roman and non-Roman territory (SHA Hadr. 12). Over recent years, research has led the military connotation of the term limes, which has been used almost exclusively from the 19th cent., to be expanded to comprehend also the historico-geographical and socio-economic fields. Where the limites were origin…

Portus

(1,423 words)

Author(s): Sauer, Vera (Stuttgart) | Wiegels, Rainer (Osnabrück) | Uggeri, Giovanni (Florenz) | Todd, Malcolm (Exeter) | Huß, Werner (Bamberg) | Et al.
[English version] [1] Künstl. ausgebaute Hafenanlage bei Ostia Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Theater Unter Kaiser Claudius (41-54 n. Chr.) zur Erweiterung des Hafens von Ostia (mit Plan) geschaffene, unter Traianus (98-117 n. Chr.) ausgebaute künstliche Hafenanlage ca. 3 km nordwestl. von Ostia. Das claudische Hafenbecken (ca. 80 ha) war durch eine Molenkonstruktion gegen die See geschützt (aber nicht wirklich sicher; im J. 62 n. Chr. gingen hier nahezu 200 Schiffe im Sturm unter: Tac. ann. 1…
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