An introduction to the 350 years history of Roman Britain with a timeline of major events.
Our Iron Age ancestors would have been aware of Rome long before Julius Caesar appeared on a Kentish beach one day in 54 BC. Roman coins, jewellery and manufactured goods were familiar to the traders and ruling class in Britain and, in the years before Caesar’s brief incursions, word of the mighty Roman legions would arrive with traders and refugees fleeing from the battles and massacres which marked his ruthless path of conquest through Gaul just across the stretch of sea we now call the English Channel.
54 BC Julius Caesar mounts a full scale raid on Britannia.
~ Cassivellaunus leader of the local Britons surrenders, but Caesar returns to Gaul and suffers eventual assassination in Rome (15 March 44BC).