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The British Isles have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Evidence has been found from The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic (10,000 to 4,500 BC) periods, also known as the Old and Middle Stone Ages. Join us on a journey from then, through to Neolithic and Bronze Ages (4500 to 600 BC), Iron Age (1200 BC to 600 AD), Classical Period (when the Romans invaded), Medieval period to today!
Great Britain, or Roman Britannia, became the target of great general Julius Caeser, before he was rudely interrupted by political turmoil back in Rome, leading, ultimately to his brutal assassination on the Ides of March in 44 BC. Emperor Claudius returned 100 years later to complete what Caesar had started.
“Follow in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, from his first arrival off the coast of Dover, where he first encountered the Britons. Recent excavations have located the precise landing point of Caesar’s ‘invasion’ forces; the university of Leicester have conducted this excavations. Visit the site near Ramsgate guided by me and Clio to find out more! ”
Begin your trip by sailing along the coast of Dover, just as Caesar did, until you reach Ramsgate and Pegwell's Bay, where he landed. Then travel onwards to the mouth of the River Thames, visiting Richborough, Canterbury, Rochester, and then Colchester en route.
Following the path of the Roman development throughout the British Isles, leading you to London, the South West and beyond.
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Discover The Great West Way®
ArchaeoMuse is proud to be an Official Tour Operator for 'The Great West Way®'. An ancient route that meanders through charming idyllic towns and quaint villages that have been inhabited for hundreds of years.
Immerse yourself in stories of the past with so much extraordinary history such as the timeless Stonehenge. Travel back to ancient Briton, to the Romans, and beyond.
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JULIUS CAESAR IN BRITAIN (4 days)
Caesar initiated one of Rome’s greatest campaigns of expansion, with his establishment of colonies, or satellite settlements of the Roman Republic. He began with the Roman province of Gallia and continued a powerful path of development and civilisation leading all the way to the English Channel. Ceasar made the fateful decision to cross the channel and explore the island that would later be known as Britannia, or modern Great Britain.
In the course of his Gallic Wars, Julius Caesar invaded Britain twice: in 55 and 54 BC. In the first invasion, he arrived with only two legions and did not make much progress from beyond a landing on the coast of Kent. This changed dramatically for his second invasion which consisted of 628 ships, five legions, and 2,000 cavalries. Recent archaeological excavations by the University of Leicester have located the precise landing point of Caesar's invasion forces.
Why did Caesar return to Britain in the winter of 55-54 BC? Caesar returned to Britain because of Mandubracius, a prince from the British tribe the Trinobantes required his protection by fleeing to France to ask for Caesar protection. his father had been killed by a leader called Cassivellaunus, who had been chosen to fight against the Romans By returning to Britain Caesar was protecting a tribe who had asked for the help of Rome so this request made it a ‘just war’ or Bellum Iustum.
Join us at the location where Caesar landed and commenced his exploration of this enchanting island.
Pegwell Bay - Ebbsfleet (on the Isle of Thanet, Kent)
Caesar claimed he invaded Britain in an act of self-defense, to protect Rome. As he said in his Gallic Wars, 'He made this decision because he found that the British had been aiding the enemy in almost all our wars with the Gauls '.
Explore the geography of the East Kent coastline, and the landing site of Ceasar’s first invasion. He was only there for a month and didn't make much ground, but he had crossed beyond the world known to Romans, the Orbis Terrarium, and brought the inhabitants of Britain under the rule of Rome.
Visit the Ebbsfleet ditch. Its defences appear to be Roman in form. The flat-bottomed ditch is very similar in size and shape to Julius Caesar’s siege works at Alésia, France. At its base of the ditch, pottery of mid-1st century BC was discovered as well as, human and animal bone, and the tip of a Roman spear.
Canterbury and Rochester
Follow the likely path Ceasar took in finding Cassivellaunus. Caesar's account describes two battles he won within a days' march of the coast. Then he forded the Thames and marched in search of Cassivellaunus, whose territory lay north of the Thames.
Canterbury is a beautiful cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has been occupied since Paleolithic times. There are many historical structures here, including the Roman city wall.
The next exploration is the city of Rochester! Over time it has been occupied by Celts, Romans, Jutes, and Saxons. During the Roman conquest of Britain, a decisive battle was fought at the Medway. The first bridge was constructed early in the Roman period and later, the settlement was walled in stone.
Ramsgate and Richborough,
Explore this stunning stretch of coastline, from Pegwell to Ramsgate, taking in views across the English Channel and passing historical sites. Exploration of the hinterland of Ramsgate and possible directions for Caesar’s forces
Learn about Roman Ramsgate and the possible directions for Caesar's forces. Also, wherein 597, the Roman St Augustine landed who re-introduced Christianity to this part of Britain.
Next, discover Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheater. See the massive walls and ditches from the various stages of Roman occupation that lasted around 400 years.
Visit the settlement that would ultimately arise from Caesar’s visit. Visits to the British Museum, the City of London Museum, and exhibits illustrating the evidence for Caesar’s visit. Enjoy an exploration of Shakespear’s account in his Julius Caesar, and the influence it has exerted over the centuries.
Visit Shakespeare's Globe, and you might be lucky to see 'The Tragedy of Julius Caesar' a history play and tragedy by William Shakespeare first performed in 1599. Exploration of Shakespear’s account and the influence it has exerted over the centuries.
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