Peter Denison-Edson gives a talk on the Later Roman Army
Peter is our local expert on Roman history and civilization and 28 members turned out on a bleak November evening to hear him speak. This talk was fascinating and full of interesting detail. Peter explained the role of different emperors throughout the period, illustrated with coinage. He showed us the road network of the time and speculated on the likely routes of the "missing" roads around Bainbridge. He then described how a military presence continued to be necessary in the troublesome North while more Souhern territories were quickly handed over to the Civil authorities. He gave the example of the vast marching camp at Rey Cross in the Stainmore Forest which has ten gates, three in the North boundary and two on each of the other sides. His theory is that so many were built in order to facilitate a rapid exit for troops going into action.
Peter has kindly agreed to give us another talk next year.
British Tribes at the time of the Roman invasion
Military sites in the Late Roman period. (copyright Arbeia Soc.)