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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)


Installations Attributed to Sextus Julius Frontinus
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);