Boudicca at Calleva Atrebatum?

Calleva seems to be an awfully interesting dig … last time we heard about it, it was about the ‘puppy skin’ trade. Now we hear of Boudicca’s possible involvement there:

Professor Michael Fulford said that 13 years of excavations at Calleva had revealed evidence of the first gridded Iron Age town in Britain.
The site also bears the scars of possible early Roman military occupation, and evidence of later, widespread burning and destruction.
This suggests the site could have been destroyed at the hands of Boudicca.
Queen Boudicca waged war against the Romans in Britain from 60 AD after the Romans decided to rule the Iceni directly and confiscated the property of the leading tribesmen.
Boudicca’s warriors successfully defeated the Roman Ninth Legion and destroyed the capital of Roman Britain, then at Colchester. They went on to destroy London and Verulamium (St Albans).
Thousands were killed. Finally, Boudicca was defeated by a Roman army led by Paulinus. Many Britons were killed and Boudicca is thought to have poisoned herself to avoid capture.
The site of the battle, and of Boudicca’s death, are unknown.

Professor Fulford said that in excavations at Silchester they had found evidence of a major military occupation at Calleva (now called Silchester) in 40 AD, then destruction between 60 and 80 AD, including wells that were filled in at this time and burned buildings.
“The settlement is completely wiped out somewhere between 60 AD and 80 AD, and it starts again in 70 AD,” he said.
Although Calleva is not mentioned in historical sources concerning Boudicca, it is known that she waged war at St Albans and London, just 50 mile away.
“Winchester became an important military location for the Romans and so was Silchester,” said Professor Fulford, urging more people interested in Roman history to learn about the site.
“There’s more to see at Silchester than there is at Winchester.”
The University of Reading’s Department of Archaeology has been excavating and researching a central area of Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester) since 1997.

via BBC – Excavations near Reading show evidence of Boudicca.

FWIW, one of the proposed sites (which has been in the news) for Boudicca’s final battle is Rugby

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This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iii kalendas maias

Portrait of Flora Rembrandt van Rijn, 1635
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ante diem iii kalendas maias

  • ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 3) — a festival originally ordered in response to an interpretation of the Sybilline books in 238 B.C., it fell into desuetude only to be revived in 173 B.C.; it was a general festival of drinking and other merriment in honour of Flora, who presided over (of course) flowers and their blossoms
  • ca 65 A.D. — martyrdom of Torpes of Pisa
  • 259 A.D. — martyrdom of Agapius at Citra (along with quite a few others)

Tom Sienkewicz and CAMWS

Monmouth College
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Tom Sienkewicz, Capron Professor of Classics at Monmouth College, was named secretary-treasurer elect of The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) during its 106th annual meeting, held recently in Oklahoma City.

“We are planning on a two-year transition period, with phasing out of the office at St. Olaf College and phasing in of the new office in Monmouth, which will take place during the 2011-12 academic year,” said Anne Groton, current secretary-treasurer of the CAMWS.

Sienkiewicz’s five-year term as secretary-treasurer will officially run from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2017. The secretary-treasurer is the chief executive and financial officer of CAMWS and is empowered to act on behalf of the association.

“I find my involvement in professional classical organizations to be especially rewarding,” said Sienkewicz. “Serving CAMWS is a way I can promote the study of classics over a wide geographic area and, at the same time, make Monmouth College and its excellent classics program well-known to high school, college and university teachers around the country.”

CAMWS, which covers 31 states and three Canadian provinces, was founded at the University of Chicago in 1905 and incorporated on July 13, 1948. Its 1,500 members include college and university professors, K-12 teachers and graduate students who specialize in classics. More information on the organization is available at

via MC’s Sienkewicz to hold CAMWS office through 2017 |Daily Review Atlas.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iv kalendas maias

Augustus Pontifex Maximus #3
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ante diem iv kalendas maias

  • ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 2) — a festival originally ordered in response to an interpretation of the Sybilline books in 238 B.C., it fell into desuetude only to be revived in 173 B.C.; it was a general festival of drinking and other merriment in honour of Flora, who presided over (of course) flowers and their blossoms
  • 12 B.C. — consecration of the signum et ara Vestae on the Palatine; it was a shrine built by Augustus as pontifex maximus to house the palladium (maybe) which Aeneas brought from Troy
  • 32 A.D. — birth of the future emperor-for-a-little-while Otho
  • 1st century — martyrdom of Aphrodisius and companions in what would become Languedoc
  • 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Pollio in Pannonia

Citanda: “The Internet Will Fail”

There’s an article at Asylum going around all about assorted ‘bad predictions’ … one has a bit o’ classcon:

“Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite ‘The Iliad.'” — Bruce Sterling, a science-fiction writer and journalist, told The New York Times.

via “The Internet Will Fail” — Bold Predictions That Completely Bombed –

Well we know there’s literate communication on Twitter … the Iliad Trucker Hats might suggest we just might hear that CB recital at some point …