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Celtic Britain - Assessment Task - Explain the different images of Boudicca from Roman times through to the present - Throughout history people have had different images of Boudicca ranging from a barbarian to an heroine and even a terrorist Some like the Victorians were inspired by her bravery in leading her people against an oppressive force Others like the Romans thought Boudicca was a savage Whether they thought well of her or not the story of Boudicca featured in many poems paintings sculptures or historical records However since everything is clouded by bias and prejudice no one today truly knows which is the most honest account and we are left to analyse previous sources and form our own view of Boudicca the Queen of the Iceni The first insights we gain to what Boudicca was seen as are from the only two Roman accounts of her battle with the Roman army written by Dio Cassius in his History of Rome and Tacitus in his Annals Tacitus also mentioned Boudicca and reasons for the Britons discontent in his monograph on his father-in-law Agricola Dio Cassius a Roman senator and historian had a harsh view of Boudicca According to Source 3 Dios Roman History - The Revolt of Boudicca handout Dio said Moreover all this ruin was brought upon the Romans by a woman a fact which in itself caused them the greatest shame From this one sentence we can see that Dio did not have respect for a woman leading an army His description of Boudicca as In stature she was very tall in appearance most terrifying in the glance of her eye most fierce and her voice was harsh a great mass of the tawniest hair fell to her hips around her neck was a large golden necklaceShe now grasped a spear to aid her in terrifying all beholders shows his constant reference to her as terrifying and fierce
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