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Caerwent. Roman town in Gwent and tribal capital of the Silures (Venta Silurum). Roman occupation in south Wales pivoted around the legionary fortress at Caerleon until the Hadrianic stimulation of ad 121–2. Hadrian clearly considered the area ready for local self-government and formal constitution, and the Roman town of Caerwent was developed. Much of the town has been excavated and a partial plan is known, featuring forum, temple, baths, amphitheatre, and housing. The administration of the tribe and its capital by the town council is specifically attested in an inscription, carved on a pedestal for a statue.

Eleanor Scott

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