My first view without taking a long look at this is as such.
The Rhine area of Germany was really never a stable part of the Roman empire
and as such to mass a force there and send it on its way across to Britain
would have given the "barbarians" within Germany a lift. They would have
seen this mass disappearing and possibly this would have led to an attack on
what forces were left. We do know from Tacitus that a cohort of German
auxillaries were with the four legions that crossed the Thames on the way to
subduing Colchester but this doesn't lend any credence to the fact they
sailed from Germany. Thracians were also a part of the force but we
wouldn't dare suggest they sailed from Thrace.
Another point to consider is the tides and the winds. Would this amount of
ships with a minimal wind have managed to row the extra mileage that would
have been required?
It is an interesting thought though and one that could be looked into more
and I guess somewhat relies on Richbrough as being the only UK landing site.
Something which a growing number of us find hard to accept
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From: "Patrick Brown" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 1:11 PM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Roman invasion of 43 (again)
> Hello list. I'm aware this issue has been discussed quite a lot, but I
> couldn't find the particular query I have in the archives, so here goes.
> The standard version says that the invasion force left Boulogne and landed
> at Richborough. Some people have suggested that, becase Dio (60.19) says
> sailed west, it might have landed at the Solent instead. Coming at it from
> different angle, what if it didn't sail from Boulogne?
> We know from Suetonius (Claudius 17) that *Claudius* sailed from Boulogne
> (Gesoriacum). But the main force of the invasion under Plautius crossed
> earlier, and I don't know of any source that says where it sailed from.
> Assuming a landing at Richborough, could it not have sailed west from the
> mouth of the Rhine? In AD 16, ships from the Rhine were swept to Britain
> a storm (Tacitus, Annals 2.24), so it seems to be a feasible crossing, and
> if you're going to gather a fleet at Boulogne you'll probably have to
> the ships to the coast via the Rhine anyway.
> Any thoughts? Anything obvious I've missed?
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