Tiberius Claudius Cogidumnus

Tiberius Claudius Cogidumnus – King of the Regni – Client of Rome

Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus was a 1st-century king of the Regnenses or Regni tribe in early Roman Britain.

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Chapter 14.1

The first consular governor to be placed in command of Britain was Aulus Plautius: soon after came Ostorius Scapula, both distinguished soldiers. The nearest portion of Britain was reduced little by little to the condition of a province: a colony of veterans was also planted. Certain states were handed over to King Cogidumnus ¹ [²] – he has remained continuously loyal down to our own times – according to the old and long-received principle of Roman policy, which employs kings as tools of enslavement.

  1. Cogidumnus or Cogidubnus, King of the Regnenses in West Sussex, had become a client of Rome. The remarkable inscription at Chichester shows that he took the name Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus and the title legatus Augusti.
  2. [The phrase highlighted reads in Latin: quaedam civitates Cogidumno regi donatae.]

Roman Inscriptions in Britain #201

Barry Cunliffe (who was the archaeologist who uncovered Fishbourne) has put forward the theory that Fishbourne Roman Palace was Cogidubnus’s royal seat.