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This Emperor Invaded Britain to Save His Reputation

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This Emperor Invaded Britain to Save His Reputation

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Rome's Emperor Claudius, aware of his people's distrust and his impending assassination, chose to invade Britannia to save his reputation.

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The Romans came to Britain and conquered it, ruling the island for centuries. But why did they come and how did they succeed in the face of the inhabitants' ferocious resistance? Go back in time to see how they inspired shock and awe. Host Bettany Hughes analyzes the motives and actions of Roman emperors and generals, and of their opponents like Caratacus, a warrior from southeast England who became a hero to the Britons.

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