History Explorer: The Roman army in Britain

Nige Tassell and Dr Mark Lewis visit Caerleon in south Wales, home to the remains of a Roman garrison, to explore the everyday lives of legionaries...

Roman amphitheatre in Caerleon, Wales. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the Christmas 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

On a grey-ish Wednesday morning in October, the sleepy town of Caerleon, just a handful of miles north of Newport, isn’t showing too many signs of life. A small gaggle of kids on their half-term holiday are riding their bikes slowly around the town with little purpose, while an unaccompanied black labrador takes advantage of the absence of traffic to nonchalantly wander across the high street.

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