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The Effect of Frontinus on Britain


After Cerialis had run the course of his three years in office, a new and different style of governor took control. Julius Frontinus was a more forward thinking governor. He was not only a military man, but also wrote in matters both military and engineering. His actions were to build more forts in Exeter, Gloucester and Caerleon where the II Augusta were based. This was a very stategic fort, as it allowed access to the Bristol Channel, South Wales and the lower West country of England. The forums at Verulamium and Cirencester were probably attribtable to him also. He followed a policy of Romanising Wales, and the Silures in particular, moving their centre from Lanmelin Wood to a new town built at Caerwent. He went on to complete the Romanisation process by forming the Silures into the respublica civitatis Silunum. Unlike Ostorius Scapula, he did not try to wipe out the Sliures, but one of assimilation.

 Tacitus was the main historian of the time, but as he was married to the daughter of Julius Agricola, means that he could not have given an impartial view of events. Indeed we have more information on Agricola than any other consul, so many of his records are likely to have been written through his own personal bias. So whether Frontinus was in office until 77 or 78 AD. is not clear. We do know that he was replaced amicably by

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