The original Brexit? Boudicca’s rebellion against the Roman Empire

Last summer when I traveled to Greece for the “New Heroes on Screen” conference in beautiful Delphi, I landed smack in the middle of the economic and political tumult that pundits soon dubbed the “Grexit”. While that change did not come to pass, lo and behold, nearly a year to the day later I will be heading back over the pond for the biennial Celtic Classics Conference in Ireland, and into another highly contentious vote on the state of the European Union: the so-called “Brexit”.  So I read with great interest historian Tom Holland’s piece in the New York Times this week, in which he draws Boudicca’s rebellion from the Roman Empire in 61 CE into conversation with the movement among Brits to withdraw from the E.U.: “When the Barbarous Brits First Quit Europe”. Read it on


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