Caerleon; fortress of the legion.
Read Online

Caerleon; fortress of the legion.

  • 487 Want to read
  • ·
  • 11 Currently reading

Published by National Museum of Wales in Cardiff .
Written in English



  • Caerleon (Wales),
  • Wales,
  • Great Britain,
  • Caerleon.


  • Romans -- Wales -- Caerleon.,
  • Fortification, Roman -- Wales -- Caerleon.,
  • Caerleon (Wales) -- Antiquities, Roman.,
  • Caerleon (Wales) -- History.,
  • Wales -- Antiquities, Roman.,
  • Great Britain -- History, Military -- 55 B.C.-449 A.D.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 50-52.

LC ClassificationsDA745.C14 M6 1973
The Physical Object
Pagination2-58 p. (2 fold.).
Number of Pages58
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5243848M
ISBN 10072000053X
LC Control Number75315565

Download Caerleon; fortress of the legion.


Caerleon is a site of considerable archaeological importance as the location of a Roman legionary fortress or was the headquarters for Legio II Augusta from about 75 to AD, and on the hill above was the site of an Iron Age hillfort. The Romans called the site Isca after the River Usk (Welsh Wysg).The name Caerleon may derive from the Welsh for "fortress of the legion"; around Country: Wales. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Caerleon, a word derived from the Welsh ‘fortress of the legion’, was the seat from which King Arthur ruled Britain. “The Roman name of the Caerleon fortress occurs in three separate Please note Sarah Woodbury is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and the Apple Books. Following the Norman invasion, a motte-and-bailey castle was built at Caerleon possibly by Turstin FitzRolf who was recorded as the owner in the Domesday Book of Initially timber it was replaced in stone in the thirteenth century utilising the readily available materials from the ruins of the Legionary fortress. Caerleon Legion Fort, called Isca in Roman times, was built around 75 AD. Its construction was related with the campaigns of the Britain’s governor, Julius Frontinus against the Celtic tribe of Silures, who occupied the lands of south-east Wales.

Synopsis This volume describes the excavations at the "Roman gates" site in the Roman fortress at Caerleon, Gwent, the base of the Second Augustan Legion. It contains a full account of the excavations and reports and drawings of the finds. The excavations, on a site north of the main Author: D.R. Evans, V.M. Metcalf. Caerleon. Caerleon is a suburban town on the outskirts of the city of Newport, Wales. It has an archaeological site of a notable Roman legionary fortress, Isca Augusta, and an Iron Age hillfort. Close to the remains of Isca Augusta are the National Roman Legion Museum and the Roman Baths Museum. The Fortress of the Legion Caerleon was one of the most important military sites in Britain under the Roman Empire. It was the home of the 2nd Augustan Legion,housing 5, soldiers and horsemen,an amphitheatre,baths,shops and temples. The Fortress Baths The military site and way of life is brought to life at the imaginatively displayed. Caerleon, town, archaeological site, and residential suburb of Newport, Newport county borough, southern Wales. Caerleon lies on the River Usk. It was important as the Roman fortress of Isca, which was, along with Deva (Chester) and Eboracum (York), one of the permanent legionary bases in Britain.

Sections of the Roman fortress wall still survive despite locals in times gone by using the more accessible facing stones for their own building purposes. Many premises in the village are constructed of 'Roman' stone! The more adventurous visitor may like to walk along the path that runs on top of the southern corner of the fortress wall. The extensive remains of the legionary fortress at Caerleon lay just claim to being one of the largest and most important Roman military sites in Europe.. Established around AD 75 as the headquarters of the second Augustan Legion — Legio II Augusta — the legionary fortress of Isca took its name from the nearby river , on a flat site, close to where ships could land supplies, the. The name Caerleon may derive from the Welsh for "fortress of the legion"; around AD it was referred to as Cair Legeion guar Uisc. Substantial excavated Roman remains can be seen, including the military amphitheatre, thermae (baths) and barracks occupied by the Roman Legion. Visit us for free, for things to do near Newport, at the ancient Roman town of Caerleon. From soldiers’ barracks to Roman gardens; events to school trips, come .