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Timeline - When Septimus Severus Invaded Scotland

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An interesting documentary about a Roman attempt to conquer Scotland in 208 AD with a 40,000 strong force. An attempt which ultimately failed.


 

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Just watched that too a few days ago!

They keep on saying he was an 'African' but in fact he was of Roman descent.

There was nothing that far North that could feed a size of 40,000 [if it was ever that] and SS was sick man by that stage.

A futile exercise indeed!
 

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Just watched that too a few days ago!

They keep on saying he was an 'African' but in fact he was of Roman descent.
Carthaginian/Punic on his father's side and Roman on his mother's side. There was a bit of a power struggle after he died.
 
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Yes, they really rub in the African bit. But, sure don't we have an Indian emperor.
 
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Yes, they really rub in the African bit. But, sure don't we have an Indian emperor.
Carthage was, for a time, challenging Rome for dominance of the Med. It was a fairly advanced civilisation. Africa is a continent. Many people watching it wouldn't have heard of Carthage.
 
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Carthage was, for a time, challenging Rome for dominance of the Med. It was a fairly advanced civilisation. Africa is a continent. Many people watching it wouldn't have heard of Carthage.


Well, I don't know how much of Carthage would still have existed at that time. The Romans utterly genocided the city and burned it to the ground. But, the Timeline producers are really playing up the African angle too much - it's like claiming the Duke of Wellington was an Irishman.
 
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Well, I don't know how much of Carthage would still have existed at that time. The Romans utterly genocided the city and burned it to the ground. But, the Timeline producers are really playing up the African angle too much - it's like claiming the Duke of Wellington was an Irishman.
But he was actually an Irishman and had Irish ancestors too.
 

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Well, I don't know how much of Carthage would still have existed at that time. The Romans utterly genocided the city and burned it to the ground. But, the Timeline producers are really playing up the African angle too much - it's like claiming the Duke of Wellington was an Irishman.
They seem to portray him as a sub-saharan African. But it's unlikely there were many sub-Saharan Africans in the Roman empire, apart from some Nubians.
 
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