Roman Military Campaigns – Sextus Julius Frontinus ( AD73/4 -77/8)

The tenure of this governor is documented in a single classical source, by Cornelius Tacitus in The Agricola (chapter XVII, verse ii).

The Career of Sextus Julius Frontinus

“Cerialis, indeed, would have eclipsed the vigilance or the credit of any other successor; but Julius Frontinus was, so far as a subject of the emperor could be, a great man, and he shouldered and sustained the burden cast on him: his arms reduced the Silures, a powerful and warlike race; he surmounted not only the valour of the enemy but also the physical difficulties of their land.” (Tacitus Agricola XVII.ii)

Installations Attributed to Sextus Julius Frontinus

Name N.G.Ref. Description
Isca Silurum (Caerleon, Gwent) ST3390 legionary fortress Legio II Augusta.
Deva (Chester) SJ4066 fort
Levobrinta (Forden Gaer, Powys) SO2098 fort
Mediomanum (Caersws, Powys) SO0292 fort
Cicucium (Brecon Gaer, Y-Gaer, Powys) SO0029 fort
Coelbren, West Glamorgan SN8510 fort
Castell Collen, Powys SO0562 fort
Blaen-cwm-Bach, West Glamorgan SS7997 large camp 3 miles E of Neath
Twyn-y-Briddallt, Mid Glamorgan ST0098 large camp 9½ miles W of Gelli-gaer
Pen-y-Coedcae, Mid Glamorgan ST0687 large camp 6½ miles W of Caerphilly

References for Roman Military Campaigns – Sextus Julius Frontinus ( AD73/4-77/8)

  • The Roman Invasion of Britain by Graham Webster (Batsford, London, 1980);
  • Rome Against Caratacus by Graham Webster (Batsford, London, 1981);
  • 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);