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Old 03-06-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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I just saw a great 2 hour show on the History Channel today about the great Warrior Queen of the Iceni Celts who took on the Roman Legions in England and almost succeded in driving out the Romans in 60 A.D. instead of 410 A.D. when the Romans left for good.

The Romans who had lived in peace with the Celts up tp that time decided to conquer all of Britain and had the Iceni Queen Flogged and her daughters raped. After this she united the different Celtic tribes and with 100,000 Celtic warriors attacked and destroyed the Roman cities around England and was unstoppable. So Emperor Nero sent his best General Governor Suetonius who had just killed off the Druids to stop her and so he was out numbered 5 to 1 but planned a brilliant battle plan at the Battle of the Midlands and destroyed the Celtic army. The Celts lost some 80,000 killed while the Romans lost just 400 dead. She commited suicide rather than surrender and the Celts never again rose up with such success as she had.

I can't believe i've never heard of her so kudos to the History Channel on this one. The Celts allowed Men or Women to be rulers of their tribes where as the Romans found women inferior and especially Roman General Suetonius who would have been shamed to have been defeated by a women (Boudica).

Again just a great show on this historical event.
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For those who want to learn more.
Boudica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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Antonia Fraser's book The Warrior Queens covers the legend of Boadicea quite thoroughly and that's where I know her from. Wow, I'd like to see that History Channel program - how did they fill two hours? Must be really well made.

Her ferocious name lives on at mit edu: Boadicea
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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Another warrior queen who gave the Romans fits was Zenobia of Palmyra in present-day Jordan.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:56 AM
 
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I saw that program. It was very well done. Like many shows on the History channel, they did have to a complete recap after EVERY commercial break so that's how they can fill 2 hours of programming time.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:03 AM
 
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I can trace my family back to East Anglia.. 1300's. I told my son we were of the Iceni Tribe and descendants of Boudica...( Have no idea if that's really true!).. He spends alot of time in England in his work.. he mentioned this fact to an elderly gentleman in a pub one night in that area. He looked at my son up and down and said.. "Yes, I do see the resembelance"!!!!
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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OMG! In 7th grade we formed teams and had to do a mock election for someone in history. One of my friend's fathers had studied Boudica and we thought she was pretty cool. We had bumper stickers and shirts made "Boudica for President!" Then we had to debate supporters of other leaders

My father's friends wife was writing a book about Boudica at the time, I sent her one of the bumper stickers and she sent me a letter. I have to go home and find it now...I'll let you guys know what the name of her book is.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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Mama Bee... please do let us know about the book..
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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I was just looking at todays schedual and ITS ON AGAIN.....

At 2.00 P.M. to 4.00 P.M. EST so if you have cable you can watch it if you missed it or watch it again as i will

Last edited by Six Foot Three; 03-06-2008 at 12:04 PM.. Reason: Correction
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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Another warrior queen who gave the Romans fits was Zenobia of Palmyra in present-day Jordan.
Thanks for that as i didn't know about her either but i see her reign was short lived. She claimed to be of the Bloodline of Cleopatra VII of Egypt. She was into the history and culture of the Roman Empire and insisted on being called Augusta (Roman Empress).

But she lost the battle to the Roman Emperor Aurelian in 274 A.D.who paraded her in Rome in Gold Chains but became impressed with her and pardoned her where she lived the rest of her life in in luxury in Rome as an Philosopher and Socialite.

Thanks again CPG...as that was also interesting to know.
Zenobia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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"the rest of her life in in luxury in Rome as an Philosopher and Socialite"

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