This paper examines the literary sources that form the substance of the historical record as it relates to the years leading up to the rebellion of Boudica, ruler of the Iceni tribe, in the early years of the Roman rule in Britain (43-60/61 CE). It attempts to show how these sources intersect with the representations of contemporary females of historical significance (Cartimandua of the Brigantes, and, more briefly, the Julio-Claudian women of power and influence, Valeria Messalina and Julia Agrippina) and to indicate some of the problems and difficulties encountered in their use. This will entail some comment on the representations in the same sources of the principes Claudius and Nero and their British contemporaries.
|Number of pages||43|
|Journal||Ancient history : resources for teachers|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|