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Aulus Plautius

Roman governor of Britain


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Commanded the Roman invasion of Britain in ad 43. Consul in 29, he had probably governed Pannonia on the middle Danube; experience together with political and family influence made him a suitable choice for Claudius' British expedition. The invasion was successfully mounted with four legions and an equivalent number (c.20,000) of auxiliary troops. The major settlement at Camulodunum (Colchester) surrendered in the presence of the emperor. By the time Plautius left Britain in 47, the greater part of the island south‐east of the Humber–Severn line was under Roman control.


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