The roman conquest of britain was a gradual process beginning in ad 43 under emperor claudius and being largely completed by 87 when the stanegate was established as the northern frontier the roman army was generally recruited in italia hispania and gaulto cross the english channel they used the newly formed classis britannica fleet equipped with mediterranean war galleys which were . John peddie a retired british infantry officer has attempted to re construct the roman invasion of britain in 43 ad by extrapolating from the fragmentary accounts of cassius dio and tacitus the author uses inherent military probability to fill in the many gaps in the historical record and thereby produce a coherent campaign narrative. The first roman emperor augustus taking power following julius caesar planned a number of invasions of britain following in his adopted fathers footsteps but they were all abandoned things changed however in 43 ad when the emperor claudius ordered the conquest of britain. By 43 ce the time of the main roman invasion of britain britain had already frequently been the target of invasions planned and actual by forces of the roman republic and roman empirein common with other regions on the edge of the empire britain had enjoyed diplomatic and trading links with the romans in the century since julius caesars expeditions in 55 and 54 bce and roman
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