Policy of Agricola

Book 1, Chapter 4, 78 AD to 306 AD – Agricola

Vespasian had attained to the dignity of the imperial purple, and he was no sooner confirmed in his new position, than he turned his thoughts to the distant island where much of his early military renown had been gained. It was in the last year of his reign that he appointed Omens Julius Agricola to the supreme command in Britain, in which he was confirmed by Titus, who succeeded his father Vespasian as emperor. Agricola had been trained in his youth in the British wars, under Suetonius, and was well acquainted with the character and habits of the people. He possessed considerable administrative ability, and was qualified to carry out and perfect the new polity of conciliation towards the natives. Tacitus, the historian, and his son in law, has left, in the Life of Agricola, a vivid description of the state of Britain at that time, and of the measures taken to annex it to the Roman Empire.

Chapter 4, Agricola

Policy of Agricola

Its Success

Treatment of Conquered Provinces by the Romans

Hadrian’s Wall

Visit of the Emperor Severus, Who Dies at York

Carausius Seizes on Supreme Power, He is Assassinated by Allectus, Who Succeeds Him

Roman Roads and Towns

Results of the Roman Occupancy




Roman Mode of Government


Trades and Manufactories

Roman Memorial of Death

Roman Memorial of Death

Mode of Government


Categories: Book 1

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