Ten fun facts about Agricola
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Gnaeus Julius Agricola was born on 13 July 40 AD in southern France, then part of the Roman Empire, into a high-ranking family.
As governor of Britain, he conquered large areas of northern England, Scotland and Wales.
His life is well known to us today because his son-in-law, the historian Tacitus, wrote a detailed biography of him which survives.
He began his career as a military tribune in Britain and may have participated in the crushing of Boudicca's uprising in 61 AD.Fact 5
During the civil war of 69 AD, Agricola supported Vespasian in his successful attempt to become emperor.Fact 6
Agricola was appointed to command a Roman legion in Britain.Fact 7
He then served as governor of Aquitania (south-east France) for three years, and after a period in Rome, in 78 AD he was made governor of Britain.Fact 8
He was recalled from Britain in 85 after an unusually lengthy service, and thereafter retired from military and public life.Fact 9
Tacitus claims recall was ordered because Agricola's successes outshone the Emperor's own modest victories in Germany.Fact 10
Rumors circulated attributing the death to a poison administered by the Emperor Domitian, but no positive evidence for this was ever produced. Go to more people facts ❯
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