The Frome Hoard, Carausius and the Roman Brexit

Wednesday 16 October 19:00 until 20:45
Fulton Building Lecture Theatre B
Speaker: Dr Sam Moorhead FSA (British Museum)
Part of the series: University of Sussex Archaeological Society


The Frome Hoard of 52,503 Roman coins, found in April 2010, is the largest cache of Roman coins ever found in Britain in a single pot.  The coins have been saved for the Museum of Somerset at Taunton and are being conserved and studied at the British Museum.  The discovery enables us to carry out a major re-appraisal of Carausius (AD 286-93), Britain’s ‘forgotten emperor’, whose history can be told through some fine examples of medallic art that even include references to Virgil. Most recently, Carausius has come into sharper focus as a result of 'Brexit' and this talk will outline the nature of the 'Breakaway British Empire' under Carausius and Allectus, how it began, how it faired and how it ended.

 US students: free; US staff and USAS members: £3; Non-Members: £4.

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By: David Russell Rudling
Last updated: Wednesday, 18 September 2019