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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Benjamin Keim

Reader 2

Kenneth B. Wolf

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This study will explore the origins of the historical figure of Caratacus and analyze its reception in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. This work will begin by providing an overview of Caratacus’ context in the first century in Britannia. Then, looking at the reception of Caratacus, the study will chronologically analyze the portrayal of Caratacus in the ancient sources of Tacitus and Cassius Dio. As the first textual evidence of Caratacus, this will provide insights into Caratacus’ history and the origins of Caratacus’ transformation into an icon of Roman and British history. This work will then analyze the receptions of Caratacus in late nineteenth and early twentieth century British school readers. The author will examine how Caratacus was portrayed to the younger readers of the British Empire and will offer a hypothesis as to why Caratacus was an attractive historical figure to spotlight for the given audience