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Topic Started: Jan 29 2007, 03:58 PM (555 Views)
Vinovium Chris
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excellent post.


These were cultured people who had experienced something of the good life for centuries. Watching it disappear -must- have had some kind of effect on them!

Now were they.....certainly in the more Romanised areas of Britain the South East and west, places such as Silchester, Canterbury and Wroxeter...but here in the North East I am not so sure.

This area was Militarised for a reason, the native Brigantians apper to have had a far more loose and confederated cohesion than their southern counterparts...as such insurrection could be sparked off at a moments notice by factions within the tribal whole. The analogy I would use is try walking around Newcastle wearing a Sunderland shirt and see what happens.

The wall of Hadrian and the earlier Stanegate would have been seen much like the Berlin Wall was in the 20th century, imposed and policed by invaders and built straight across their Tribal lands acting to separate the north from the south : divide and conquer comes to mind in the same breath as controlling import/export and collecting taxes.

There is much evidence that in the north east the natives continued to live as they always had in round huts in more or less a subsistence economy...Ok the Vicus grew up around the Forts and places such as Corbridge briefly blossomed and in these places there was a far greater adoption of the Romanised way. But the Roman way of surplus production, the Villa system, could not operate in such Northern climes - the furthest North Villa that there is currently evidence for is located at Old Durham.

So how Romanised were the natives and how did they view the withdrawal of the forces on and around the wall...was it "whoops there goes the neighbourhood" or was it "whoopee the B@@@@@ds have gone". How were they treated by the Roman forces during the occupation...there is a tablet that mentions the Brittunculi, rather a derogatory term, which suggests that the locals were sneered at by those more Romanised soldiers of the empire.

Was there any encouragement for the most northerly of Britain's inhabitants to become Roman, using a core periphery viewpoint, it could be argued that were they encouraged to stay native and provide, by tribute rather than trade, those luxuries that Rome wanted.

interesting arguments

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