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BoudicaWarrior Woman of Roman Britain$
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Caitlin C. Gillespie

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190609078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190609078.001.0001

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We Learned These Things from the Romans

We Learned These Things from the Romans

(p.69) 4 We Learned These Things from the Romans

Caitlin C. Gillespie

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 analyzes Dio’s representation of Boudica as an emblem of barbarian strength and fortitude who criticizes the misplaced values of the Romans. Boudica’s fearsome visage opens the conversation. Her appearance has parallels in Diodorus Siculus’s description of the Gauls, and material evidence of East Anglia provides support for her wearing a gold torc (a type of metal band worn around the neck). Images of the personified Britannia and other non-Romans suggest the models Dio is working against in his depiction of Boudica. Boudica’s speech in Dio responds to other female speeches, from Hersilia, to Veturia, to the empress Livia. In her speech, Boudica comments on the failures of Nero’s regime and the lack of imperial models of traditional Roman morality.

Keywords:   torc, Britannia, Aphrodisias, Livia, Nitocris, Semiramis, Messalina, Agrippina the Younger, Nero, Amazons

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