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The Battle of Ynys Mon
Suetonius Paulinus, Governor of Britain, hoped to enhance his reputation.

IN Suetonius’s opinion, the chief threat to Roman rule in Britain came from the Welsh tribes and the Druids. He would discover that this was a mistake, but in the meantime, he bent his attention on the Island of Mona, just off the Welsh coast, which had become their stronghold.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Raze. Raise. Erase.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Cross. Man. Eye.

Use together in one sentence: Bend. Sacrifice. Paint.

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The Golden Age of Carausius
Music: Henry Purcell
A Roman commander facing court martial took refuge in politics, and for ten years London was an imperial capital.

IN 286, Carausius was appointed to command the ‘Britannic Fleet’, patrolling the English Channel to keep Franks and Saxons from raiding Britain’s southern coasts. Rumour had it, however, that he let some raiders through so he could pocket their plunder for himself, and Emperor Maximian summoned him for a court martial.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Since. Ago.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Name. Age. Face.

Use together in one sentence: So. South. Appoint.

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Boudica
Music: Henry Purcell
British sympathy for Roman imperial progress evaporated when officials began asset-stripping the country.

WHEN Prasutagus, King of the Iceni and a good friend of Rome, died in AD 60, Catus Decianus, Procurator of Britain, confiscated his lands in lieu (he said) of debts, kicking off a fire sale that saw Roman army veterans from Camulodunum help themselves to the treasures of his palace, raping his daughters and flogging his widow, Queen Boudica.

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Distinguish using sentences: Waist. Waste.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Land. Fall. Help.

Use together in one sentence: Queen. King. Her.

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First Contact
Music: Jan Ladislav Dussek
Julius Caesar came over from France expecting to silence the noisy neighbours, but things did not go according to plan.

ONE night late in August, 55 BC, Julius Caesar set sail from Boulogne with more than eighty ships. Eighteen more, carrying his cavalry, were to follow.

Dover’s towering cliffs, lined with defiant Britons, prompted Caesar to land his ships at Walmer.

His men, reluctant to disembark into unexpectedly deep waters, were rallied by their standard-bearer.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Briton. Britain.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Wish. Land. Cry.

Use together in one sentence: Terms. Cliffs. Part.

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The Speech of King Caratacus
A proud British king, taken to Rome as a trophy of Empire, refused to plead for his life.

“HAD my moderation in prosperity been equal to my noble birth and fortune, I should have entered this city as your friend rather than as your captive; and you would not have disdained to receive, under a treaty of peace, a king descended from illustrious ancestors and ruling many nations.

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