Roman Military Campaigns – Gaius Suetonius Paulinus ( AD58 -61)

The exploits of this general in Britain, in particular the revolt in south-east England, are recorded by Cornelius Tacitus in his Annals of Rome (book XIV, chapters xxix-xxxviii) and The Agricola (XIV.iii – XVI.ii), also by Cassius Dio in his History of Rome (book LXII, chapters i-xi). Although many modern works have been written on the subject, the best by a long chalk is Boudica by Graham Webster (Batsford, London, 1978).

The Career of Gaius Suetonius Paulinus

The Campaigns of Paulinus against Boudica of the Iceni
Military Installations Attributed to Ostorius Scapula in Britain
Name N.G.Ref. Description
Viroconium (Wroxeter, Shropshire) SJ5608 legionary fortress Legio XIV Gemina.
Longthorpe, Cambridgeshire TL1597 vexillation fortress Legio IX Hispana.
Glevum (Gloucester) SO8318 vexillation fortress Legio XX Valeria.
Burrium (Usk, Gwent) SO3700 vexillation fortress Legio XX Valeria.
Isca Dumnoniorum (Exeter, Devon) SX9292 legionary fortress Legio II Augusta.
Aquae Sulis (Bath, Avon) ST7564 probable fort, occupied by cohorts of Legio XX Valeria perhaps also Ala I Thracum
Corinium (Cirencester, Gloucesterhire) SP0201 fort, guarding the civitas of the Dobunni perhaps garrisoned by Ala Gallorum Indiana
Camulodunum (Colchester, Essex) TL9925 Colonia, pre-Roman capital of the Trinovantes.
Londinium (London) TQ3281 Claudian administrative centre
Verulamium (St. Albans, Hertfordshire) TL1307 municipium and civitas capital of the Catuvellauni.
Pennocrucium (Water Eaton, Staffordshire) SJ9010 earlier fort, contemporary marching camps? later fort?
Letocetum (Wall, Staffordshire) SK0906 earlier fort, contemporary marching camp? possibly of Paulinus expeditionary force returning from North Wales.
Greensforge, South Staffordshire SO8688 earlier fort, contemporary marching camps? later fort?
Caesaromagus (Chelmsford, Essex) TL7006 fort, later civitas of the Trinovantes.
Combretovium (Baylham House, Suffolk) TM1152 fort, on the border between the Iceni and the Trinovantes.
Sitomagus (Ixworth, Suffolk) TL9369 fort, on the border between the Iceni and the Catuvellauni.
Great Casterton, Leicestershire TF0009 fort, on the border between the Iceni and the Coritani.
The Lunt, Baginton, Coventry, Warwickshire SP3475 fort and horse-training gyrus

References for Roman Military Campaigns -Gaius Suetonius Paulinus ( AD58-61)

  • The Roman Invasion of Britain by Graham Webster (Batsford, London, 1980);
  • Rome Against Caratacus by Graham Webster (Batsford, London, 1981);
  • Boudicca by Graham Webster (Batsford, London, 1978);
  • Britons and the Roman Army by Grace Simpson (Gregg, London, 1964);
  • Historical Map and Guide: Roman Britain by the OS (3rd Edition, 1956; 4th Ed., 1990; 5th Ed., 2001);