Roman Britain under attack

Despite the brutal suppression of British revolts against Roman rule, the empire's writers sought to portray rebels such as Boudica in a surprisingly positive light. Here, Charlotte Higgins seeks to explain this curious turn of events

Caractacus, king of the British tribe of Trinovantes, and the son of Cunobelinus. (Art Gallery/Heritage Images/Getty Images) 

This article was first published in the August 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

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