The vast remains of the legionary fort in Caerleon belong to one of the largest and most important Roman military sites in Europe. The Roman stronghold was set up around c.75 AD, as the headquarters of the Second Augustine Legion, and named Isca after the river Usk nearby. The legion (Legio II Augusta) bore the name of its founder, the Emperor Augustus († 14 AD), and was one of thirty legions guarding the boundaries of the Roman Empire, from Scotland to the river Euphrates.
The fort defences surrounded an area of approximately 20.5ha, in a 'playing-card' shape, like many Roman military sites. Inside the defences, over sixty barrack blocks provided accommodation for 5,500 foot-soldiers who used heavy weapons.
Published 2016 / 8 pages / ISBN 978-1-8576-431-4
Size 150mm (w) x 210mm (h) / Welsh language
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