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Frontinus, Sextus Iulius

Frontinus, Sextus Iulius. Governor of Britain (73/4–77). Of unknown origins, he was probably a legionary legate by 70 and must then have held the consulship before coming to Britain. Tacitus explicitly credits him with campaigning against the Silures of south Wales, but otherwise passes over Frontinus' governorship in a sentence. Archaeology strongly suggests that he campaigned well into northern Britain, laying the groundwork for Tacitus' hero Agricola to build on. After leaving Britain he was consul twice more (98, 100) and curator aquarum, in charge of the water supply of Rome itself. His military experiences were memorialized in his book the Stratagemata, and his volume De aquis remains an invaluable work of reference on the practicalities of Roman water supply.

Alan Simon Esmonde Cleary

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