Abstract

In 55 B.C. Julius Caesar crossed into Britain and was immediately engaged in a unique style of warfare. The Iron Age Britons used sturdy and fast two-horse chariots to respond to Roman invasion. This article looks at the tactics of and analyzes aspects of the battle chariot. It assesses the capabilities of the people who fielded the chariot and the means used to sustain their resources and gauge their capabilities. Drawing on both classical and archaeological sources, this article presents a fuller account of Caesar’s two trips to Britain in 55–54 B.C. and the British warfare he encountered.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-7795
Print ISSN
0899-3718
Pages
pp. 1073-1089
Launched on MUSE
2009-10-14
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2010
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