Episode 19: The Romanization of Britain

The Roman Empire emerges following the death of Julius Caesar.  Emperor Claudius sets his sights on Britain, and the native Celtic culture becomes Romanized.  We look at the evolution of Latin words related to law, money and social classes.


5 thoughts on “Episode 19: The Romanization of Britain

  1. Loving your podcast so far. I’ve always had an interest in etymology, so I’m just eating it up!
    Just one correction for you. Your mention of the French phrase, “bon marché”, is spelled with the “accent aigu” or acute accent, making the word pronounced, mar-SHAY.

  2. In the UK, I don’t know about the US, the word ‘pleb’ is used pejoratively to refer to someone who is seen as vulgar or common. The user of such a word would usually be considered to be snooty.

  3. love the podcast.. but I don’t think the ‘Scots’ were in ” Scotland’ when the Romans. turned up.. this Scoti coming to Scotland happened much later.. also we well as the Scots and irish hanging to their Celtic culture. I think the welsh also have a strong argument for that. although as lousy they were romanised to a lesser extend than SE England. indeed 20% of Wales still speak the ancient Celtic language of Britain.. apart from that Love it!

    • Believe it or not, the word “justice” and Justinian are not directly related to each other. The Latin root of “justice’ pre-dated Justinian, and I think Justinian adopted his well-known name at some point during his life. It appears to have been derived from the name of a relative.

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