Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Klaustik Plastik Roman Legionary Valerius

Valerius from Gallia Lugdunensis:
Roman Legionary - Legio XIV Gemina - Roman Invasion of Britain Circa 49 A.D.

Stationed in Moguntiacum, Germania Superior, since AD 9, XIV Gemina Martia Victrix was one of four legions used by Aulus Plautius and Claudius in the Roman invasion of Britain in 43, and took part in the defeat of Boudicca in 60 or 61.

This was the battle that would send them down in history as one of the greatest Roman Legions.

At the stand at Watling Street the 14th defeated Boudicca's force of 230,000, according to Tacitus and Dio, with their meager force of 10,000 Legionaries and Auxiliaries.

This act secured them as Nero's "most effective", and kept them garrisoned in Britain during the next few years to keep the uneasy tribes in check. After which, in 68 it was stationed in Gallia Narbonensis.