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Britain during the third century crisis

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This chapter gives attention to the British provinces during the period traditionally described as that of the 'third century crisis', the years 235 to 285. After the Severan expedition, which inflicted heavy losses on Rome's enemies in Scotland, even though Severus' aim, to annexe Caledonia, was given up by his sons, nothing is heard of trouble from the north for almost a century. The frontier system established under Caracalla, once more based on Hadrian's Wall with its outposts, was lavishly praised by Richmond as innovative. During the third century there seem to be increasing numbers of cunei and numeri (and similar units, for example vexillationes) in the frontier zone of Britannia Inferior, some of them manifestly more 'barbarian' in origin than the auxiliaries in alae and cohorts. The chapter presents the table which summarises the evidence.

Keywords: Britannia Inferior; British provinces; Severan expedition; third century crisis



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