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The Governors of Britain from Claudius to Diocletian

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 September 2012


A list of the governors of Britain has been published by Hübner in the Rheinisches Museum, vol. 12 (1857), and information about many of them is to be found in Liebenam, Die Legaten in den römischen Provinzen and Untersuchungen zur Verwaltungsgeschichte der römischen Kaiserzeit, in the Prosopographia Imperii Romani, and in Sagot, La Bretagne romaine. Many also are dealt with under their own names in Pauly-Wissowa, Real-Encyclopädie; but there does not appear to be anything like a complete list easily accessible to English students. Moreover, fresh discoveries of inscriptions and the revision of some of those already known have made it possible somewhat to increase the size and improve the accuracy of such a list.

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Copyright © Donald Atkinson1922. Exclusive Licence to Publish: The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

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page 64 note 1 Since the above was written, Mr. Anderson has published a discussion of the subject in an appendix to his edition of Furneaux's ‘Agricola.’ In it he inclines to the view that the general tenour of the narrative is so strongly in favour of the earlier dating as to outweigh the difficulties here referred to. An agnostic attitude is, perhaps, the safest and is now assumed in the list, p. 60 above, though I still feel a faint preference for the later dating.

page 66 note 1 Unless, as is barely possible, the inscription refers to Caracalla.

page 68 note 1 It is probable, as Domaszewski suggests (Rhein. Mus. xlviii, p. 345 f.), that the boundary ran NW. and SE. along the road from York to Carlisle, thus leaving the whole defence of the west coast in the hands of the senior official, rather than E. and W., as Hübner believed.

page 68 note 2 Now published in this Journal vol. xi, pt. 1 p. 101 f.

page 69 note 1 cf. Rhein. Mus. xlviii, p. 243.

page 71 note 1 This is that Paulinus who, presumably during his previous command of Leg. II Augusta at Caerleon, was honoured by the ‘civitas Silurum’ with the inscription set up at Caerwent (Eph. Epig. ix, n. 1012). The references to Leg. VI Victrix in connexion with Paulinus on the Thorigny inscription (C.I.L. xiii, 3162) have suggested the possibility that he was governor of Britannia Inferior, but the matter is very uncertain.

page 72 note 1 Professor Stuart Jones has pointed out to me that these consuls are named also in the inscription in Korrespondenzblatt der Westdeutschen Zeitschrift, xv (1896), 202Google Scholar = C.I.L. xiii, 6779, so that they are almost certainly consuls of the Imperium Galliarum.