Friday, June 18, 2004

Noviomagus

Noviomagus, in Romano-British, = "Newmarket" (or "Newport"). The inevitable question arises: where was the old one ? Read John Manley's new book AD 43 The Roman Invasion of Britain.
Noviomagus is recorded by ancient geographers and cartographers but the name fell out of use (unlike Nijmegen etc. across the Channel) and was superceded by the Anglo-Saxon forms such as "Cicestre" = the present day City of Chichester . . which is still surrounded by the Roman walls . . and approached from all directions on surviving Roman roads.
Assn. for Roman Archaeology members will be on all these roads today . . because 19-20 June is in our event calendar as the main social gathering of AD 2004. At Chichester Roman Palace. On Monday we might reveal our Roman menu and Roman recipes?
This ARA Annual Fundraising Dinner is actually _in_ Togidumnus' Palace; one of the greatest ever built in the whole Roman Empire. Togidumnus and his family can be likened to the present Saudi Royal Family; enriching the country by international trade . . and diminishing the threats to "world peace" from "celtic fundamentalist insurgents". Tacitus writes in 98 AD: " . . areas (of Britannia) were granted to Togidumnus to be his realm, and he has been consistently loyal down to our own time".
Manley points out that from AD 43 to AD 98 is quite a long time so our Togidumnus Rex may have lived (in his South of England luxury) until the age of 80+.

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