Ancient Military History: Caractacus, The Powerful Celtic King Who Defied Rome

Short Stories & Novelettes for the Discerning Martial Citizen

This is One of the earlier accounts of Guerilla Warfare used against the Romans during their time in early Britain. Here is a really good timeline of this period for those that are interested. -SF

Caractacus

Caractacus was a king and tribal leader of the ancient Britons during the Iron Age and ruler of the Catuvellaunui, a powerful British tribe.  He was the son of a Celtic king named Cunobeline and ruled Briton from 43-50 AD.  Caractacus is associated with the expansion of his tribe’s territory with his apparent success being a catalyst for the Roman invasion of Britain.  When the Romans launched their invasion in the summer of 43 AD they attempted to absorb it into the Roman empire.  While other tribes in Britain, such as the Dobunni, submitted to the Romans, Caractacus fought fiercely for the independence of his people.

When the Emperor Claudius launched an invasion of Britain…

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