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Roman Military Campaigns

Sextus Julius Frontinus (ad73/4-77/8)

The tenure of this governor is documented in a single classical source, by Cornelius Tacitus in The Agricola (chapter XVII, verse ii).

"Cerialis, indeed, would have eclipsed the vigilance or the credit of any other successor; but Julius Frontinus was, so far as a subject of the emperor could be, a great man, and he shouldered and sustained the burden cast on him: his arms reduced the Silures, a powerful and warlike race; he surmounted not only the valour of the enemy but also the physical difficulties of their land." (Tacitus Agricola XVII.ii)

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Installations Attributed to Sextus Julius Frontinus
NameN.G.Ref.Description
Isca Silurum (Caerleon, Gwent)ST3390legionary fortress Legio II Augusta.
Deva (Chester)SJ4066fort
Levobrinta (Forden Gaer, Powys)SO2098fort
Mediomanum (Caersws, Powys)SO0292fort
Cicucium (Brecon Gaer, Y-Gaer, Powys)SO0029fort
Coelbren, West GlamorganSN8510fort
Castell Collen, PowysSO0562fort
Blaen-cwm-Bach, West GlamorganSS7997large camp 3 miles E of Neath
Twyn-y-Briddallt, Mid GlamorganST0098large camp 9½ miles W of Gelli-gaer
Pen-y-Coedcae, Mid GlamorganST0687large camp 6½ miles W of Caerphilly
The main sources used in compiling the above information were:
The Roman Invasion of Britain by Graham Webster (Batsford, London, 1980);
Rome Against Caratacus by Graham Webster (Batsford, London, 1981);
Britons and the Roman Army by Grace Simpson (Gregg, London, 1964);
Historical Map and Guide: Roman Britain by the OS (3rd Edition, 1956; 4th Ed., 1990; 5th Ed., 2001);