Colchester Archaeology Talks: Boudica – Myth and Legend

ONLINE TALK on July 22, 2021 at 19:30 – 20:30,  £5

Boudica, Boudicca or Boadicea – a woman with a name that has continued to evolve with time! Her story is very familiar due to the Victorians fascination with it, embodied by the statue of her and her daughters standing on the Embankment. It appears to be based on solid classical texts, and supported by archaeological evidence. But how much is simply myth? When you look closer at the material, much of it is either contradictory or uses circular arguments. Taking each element, the talk will take a fresh look at the evidence and try to identify what are myths and what really belongs to the legend. The provision of games kept the populace ‘on side’, acting as a safety valve on social unrest.

Tickets are only £5, click here to buy yours.

This talk describes and discusses aspects of life in the Roman province of Britannia from an archaeological and historical perspective. Due to the nature of the period, some items may cause offense to a modern audience. The intention of the presenter is to be informative and to represent the Roman period as accurately as possible, both for its good elements and bad.

If the ‘Zoom’ participant is under the age of 16, they should seek the approval of a parent or guardian before the session commences.

Richard Bale, Romanist.

(Supporting the Roman Circus Visitor Centre Fund)



Each talk is presented via Zoom and lasts around 45 minutes, with Richard being available to answer your questions.