Category Archives: Wroxeter Chronicles

The Cock-Up of the 3rd Century

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Getting to grips with a reconciliation error is usually a laborious exercise that involves critically examining the data, identifying errors and [very occasionally] discovering malfeasance. However, reconciling a 60 Year Discrepancy in Roman history is another story altogether. 60 Year … Continue reading

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Marcomannia

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According to Edward Gibbon the moral Decline of the Roman Empire was caused by a loss of civic virtue whilst the physical Fall of the Roman Empire was outsourced to barbarians. The History of the Decline and Fall of the … Continue reading

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The Wroxeter Chronicles: A British Pompeii

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There are several “curious” similarities between Pompeii and Viroconium [aka Uriconium]. Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, in the Campania region of Italy, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many … Continue reading

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The Wroxeter Chronicles: Broken Red Sandstone

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Wroxeter Roman fortress declined rapidly after the late 60s AD. The decline was partly exacerbated by the posting of Legion XIV to France [68 AD] and/or the return to Rome of some units from Legion XX [69 AD]. See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/the-wroxeter-chronicles-losing-the-legion/Continue reading

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The Wroxeter Chronicles: Losing The Legion

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The regular narrative implies a Roman fortress was maintained in Wroxeter for 30 years. Viroconium was established about AD 58 as a fortified camp (castra) for the Legio XIV Gemina during their invasion of Wales. … The 14th Legion was … Continue reading

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The Wroxeter Chronicles: Legions, Lead and Lunacy

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The Roman Conquest of Britain was all about precious metals. Mining was one of the most prosperous activities in Roman Britain. Britain was rich in resources such as copper, gold, iron, lead, salt, silver, and tin, materials in high demand … Continue reading

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The Wroxeter Chronicles: The Lost Roman City

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Once upon a time Wroxeter was just a sleepy Shropshire village with a Roman wall. About five miles and a-half from Shrewsbury, close upon the banks of the river Severn, stands the little village of Wroxeter, consisting of a church, … Continue reading

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