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Leaders and rulers in Roman Britain

Head of Claudius

Height: 30.000 cm

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Head of Claudius

From: the River Alde at Rendham, Suffolk
Date: 1st century AD

The Roman emperor Claudius invaded Britain in AD 43. The invasion was a particular triumph for Claudius as he was more known for studying than fighting. Even after the invasion there were still resistance to Roman rule in some areas of Britain. 17 years later, in AD 60-61, Queen Boudica led a rebellion against the Romans that they only defeated with difficulty.

This head has broken off a bronze statue of Claudius that may have been on display in the Roman town of Camulodunum (Colchester). We don't know what happened to the rest of the statue but some people believe that Boudica's army destroyed it.