This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Trinovantes And Juluis Casesar Essay

3249 words - 13 pages

The Trinovantes’ earliest interaction with Rome occurs during Julius Caesar’s British campaign in 55 B.C. During his campaign, Caesar’s protection is requested by Mandubracius, the young son of the deceased Trinovantian king, Imanuentius. In his account, Caesar brings the Trinovantes under his protection—only after they agree to his terms—and describes the tribe as “almost the most powerful state of those parts” (Caesar 5.20, De Bello Gallico). It can be inferred from this passage that the Trinovantes were in a less than ideal political situation at the time of their first interaction with Rome. This is presumably because they were without a king and were not the most powerful state in the region.
A tribe known as the Catuvellauni, based out of Hertfordshire, appears to be the most powerful state in the southeastern Britain at the time of Caesar’s conquest. This is likely because their king Cassivellaunus killed the Trinovantian king, Imanuentius, in battle. If the Trinovantes were a strong power in southeastern Britain, as described by Caesar, it would likely take an even more powerful state to defeat them in battle. Additionally, the Catuvellauni were known to be the neighbors and “traditional enemies” of the Trinovantes (Dunnett 8, The Trinovantes). Again, if the Trinovantes were almost the most powerful tribe in southeastern Britain, it is unlikely that the Catuvellauni were not the most powerful state, since they had defeated the Trinovantes in battle. Lastly, Caesar describes the Catuvellauni as his “principal opponent” (Caesar 5.20). This description is important because during Roman conquest, Rome often sought to first eliminate the most powerful tribe in a region, regardless of whether this was through brute force or diplomacy. Thus it is likely that the Catuvellauni were the most powerful state in southeastern Britain at the time of Caesar’s conquest in 54 B.C.
Although most scholars commonly view the Trinovantes as enemies of the Catuvellauni, this was not always the case. Dunnett describes the Trinovantes as Caesar’s “principal allies” and the “traditional enemies” of the Catuvellauni. Thus, according to Dunnett it can be reasonably assumed, that they fought with Caesar against the Catuvellauni during the conquest of 54 B.C. Additionally, Mandubracius’ request for Caesar’s protection, presumes that the Trinovantian people would fight against the Catuvellauni. Furthermore, both sides appeared to benefit from the alliance, as the Trinovantes had lost hegemony to the Catuvellauni and the Romans desired to have a strong ally. Scholar, Barry Cunliffe describes that after Mandubracius was taken under Caesar’s protection, the Trinovantes fought against the Romans. Cunliffe notes that, “as soon as the Roman threat appeared, personal animosities were forgotten [among the Trinovantes] and…Cassivellaunus was elected the over war leader of resistance” (Cunliffe, Iron Age Communities in Britain, 119). From this passage, there is a sense that...

Find Another Essay On The Trinovantes and Juluis Casesar

The Successful Career Of Juluis Caesar

1575 words - 6 pages The Successful Career Of Juluis CaesarJulius Caesar was born on the thirteenth day of the month Quintilis in the year of 100 BC. His full name was Gaius Julius Caesar, the same as his father's. Gaius was his given name and Julius was his surname. He was a strong political and military leader who changed the history of the Greco-Roman world. This paper will answer the following questions: What happened during his early political career? How did

Character Motives in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

1484 words - 6 pages Motivation can cause people to work hard and win a state championship, but it can also cause people to kill. Motivation can be defined as an internal state of a person that drives them to action for the purpose of reaching a target goal. William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a tragic drama that shows a huge variety of the different motives that fuel each character. Readers see what motivates each character, and how far that motivation takes

Boudicca: Just Ruler or power Mongering Tyrant

1515 words - 6 pages -tribal unity or co-operation against invasion and oppression.Other local tribes joined Boudicca and silver coins were minted in large numbers to finance the rebellion. Rebellion is a time when prior grievances can be aired and revenged. The Trinovantes who joined the Iceni had developed a hatred of the veterans settled at Colchester. The veterans had treated them badly, taking land, enslaving and now expanding, exploiting them generally. The omens at

The Roman Occupation of Britian

2562 words - 10 pages chopped or burned the majority of the sacred forests.The Iceni and the Trinovantes joined together to rise in revolt. They were filled with anger of the Romans for serpressing them for many years. Together they had roughly seventy thousand men ready to fight. They marched to Camuloduum and attacked. They put all Romans and Roman sympathizers to death. They even used barbaric cruelties. They then set fire to the town destroying the great temple and

The Roman Occupation Of Britian

2748 words - 11 pages chopped or burned the majority of the sacred forests.The Iceni and the Trinovantes joined together to rise in revolt. They were filled with anger of the Romans for serpressing them for many years. Together they had roughly seventy thousand men ready to fight. They marched to Camuloduum and attacked. They put all Romans and Roman sympathizers to death. They even used barbaric cruelties. They then set fire to the town destroying the great temple and

Rebellion of Queen Boudica

2448 words - 10 pages Gods was the confiscation of weapons, due to the paranoia of the emperor. Weapons to the Iceni were not just a means of fighting; they were a way of praying to the Gods, and confiscation was a form of sacrilege. So Boudica rounded together the Iceni and the Trinovantes, and said this: "Listen to me. You know the difference between freedom and slavery. Before the Romans came, we were free. Now we are slaves. When

Women in ancient societies

2097 words - 8 pages , No.1, 22nd August 2003)Boudicca, as ruler and war leader of the Iceni, led a retaliatory revolt against the Romans. Enlisting the support of the neighbouring tribe Trinovantes and possibly others, she headed towards the Roman town, Camulodunum and virtually annihilated the town and townspeople. After defeating the troops at Camulodunum, Boudicca's forces headed towards what is now known as London

Learning About Celts Through Roman Authors

3122 words - 12 pages Learning About Celts Through Roman Authors The Celts left very little written documentation behind them. What is known about the Celts has been discovered through archaeology and through the writings of Roman authors such as Caesar, Strabo and Tacitus. Caesar wrote about the Celts in his Gallic Wars as he documented his arrivals in Britain in 55 and 55 BC. Strabo was a Roman geographer, and included his knowledge of the

When the Bubble Burst

1539 words - 6 pages By the time I arrived state side from my second tour in the Middle East the housing bubble had already burst. I noticed a drastic change in the way that many of my friends and family were living. Several of my friends that worked in real estate had sold their boats and seconds houses. My own stock portfolio had lost a third of its value. My sister and her husband had defaulted on their home mortgage leaving them scrambling for a place to live. I

phase diagram

4456 words - 18 pages Introduction: Chemical equilibrium is a crucial topic in Chemistry. To represent and model equilibrium, the thermodynamic concept of Free energy is usually used. For a multi-component system the Gibbs free energy is a function of Pressure, Temperature and quantity (mass, moles) of each component. If one of these parameters is changed, a state change to a more energetically favorable state will occur. This state has the lowest free energy

Revolutionary Work of Art

1890 words - 8 pages Walter Benjamin emphasizes in his essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” that technology used to make an artwork has changed the way it was received, and its “aura”. Aura represents the originality and authenticity of a work of art that has not been reproduced. The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is an example of a work that has been and truly a beacon of art. It has brought a benefit and enlightenment to the art

Similar Essays

The Trinovantes Essay

3263 words - 14 pages The Trinovantes The present paper aims to provide insight into the southeastern British tribe known as the Trinovantes. The essay begins with the Trinovantes first interaction with Rome and concludes at the height of the tribe’s power, under the ruler Cunobelin. Research has been conducted through an investigation of important historical figures in southeastern Britain during the aforementioned time period and their relation to the Trinovantes

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar And Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

1026 words - 5 pages is subject to competing representations; by himself as metaphorically "as constant as the northern star"; by Anthony as benevolent as benevolent through the parralelism "when the poor hath cried, Casesar hath wept"; and as Cassius as undeservedly revered and poignantly mortal, through the dramatic imagery "Help me, Cassius, or I sink". These conflicting perspectives cannot be resolved into a stable and true Caesar, as the conception of the man

Boudicca's Revolt Against Roman Rule In Britain

2194 words - 9 pages , often against rival tribes. Yet the Romans took the view that they had the authority, to at any time intervene in the internal affairs of their client kingdoms. On the other hand the main city of the Trinovantes tribe, which was located just south of the Iceni tribe, was declared by Emperor Claudius as the capital of his British province. The Trinovantes people lost their freedom as well as having most of their land confiscated, and were made to

A Comparison Of Things Fall Apart And Julius Caesar

967 words - 4 pages and themes of betrayal, honor, and conflict. However, there are differences between the characters and themes from the two books as well.   In Things fall apart, Okonkwo would resemble Caesar most because they were both men of high titles with success in war and battle. Okonkwo was a well accomplished soldier known for the many heads that he had severed off enemies during tribal conflicts. Casesar was one of the greatest generals