Boudicca, the Celtic Queen that unleashed fury on the Romans


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I’ve always found the history of the Roman Empire to be fascinating if only because it lasted for so long and it still heavily influences our present day society through our English language which is at about one-third based on Latin, our legal system, our educational system, geographic place names, many of our personal names, and more.

The Celts originated in mainland Europe and were pushed to the western fringes of the continent by the Romans as they expanded their Empire. Today’s remnant of Celtic culture in Ireland and Great Britain is a legacy of that time although a continental Celtic toehold persists in northwestern France (Brittany). The link below is a short biography of Boudicca who was queen of the Iceni tribe which had been conquered by the Romans as the Empire expanded in Britain in the first century AD.

It was common for the Romans to leave local rulers on their thrones as long as they recognized Roman rule and paid annual tribute. Unfortunately for Boudicca, when her husband the king died, the Romans did not recognize the local custom of female inheritance and sought to take over her husband’s kingdom. Of course, she objected, and for which the Romans flogged Boudicca and raped her two daughters. Queen Boudicca is mainly remembered for an inspiring speech she gave to her people telling them to rise up against the Roman occupiers in order to avenge the rape of her daughters, but more importantly the rape of her kingdom. There are lessons here for the modern world.

FYI – In the story, the classical use of the term “outrage” refers to the crime of rape.

As the story reminds us, “hell has no fury…”

You can read the story of Boudicca at: http://www.ancient-origins.net

Boudicca, the Celtic Queen that unleashed fury on the Romans | Ancient Origins.

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