At the Lunt I often run tours for the public based on the tours that I run for children but pitched at a more adult level.  Now by this I do not mean we have young ladies of negotiable affection running about I mean I can talk about the more, aggressive tenancies of Roman peacekeeping efforts.  The fort was constructed just after the Boadicea revolt and is seen as a horse training facility.  This is the family friendly interpretation… there are others.

The Romans inflicted terrible vengeance on the Celts after the revolt.  They put an end to the Celtic way of life forever, killing both people, religion and culture.  They did this terrible thing because they knew what the most destructive force was in the first century.  The most destructive force in their world was revolt.  The Romans needed the resources of Britain, the iron, gold, tin, copper, grain and slaves because Rome was a monster that had to be fed.  Without provinces to feed that monster the whole imperial system fell apart.

The British Empire may have been influenced by the Roman but on the skin is where the similarities end.  Rome was a city state with provinces which fed the plebs so they would not revolt.  The British were an expansionist, trade and cultural empire that wanted to change the world.  A revolt in India was a was an irritation, a revolt in a Roman province such as Judea or Britain was a catastrophic disaster with imperial implications.

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