Gen: Roman Colchester (79.html)

Maps of the ancient Roman city of Camulodunum (aka Victricensis) exist today, as shown below. It is interesting to compare the Colne and Roman rivers near present-day Colchester with those of Camulodunum c200 BC in the maps and aerial photo below. The geographry of these rivers has changed very little in the past 2000 years.

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Map of Roman Colchester        
Map of Roman Camulodunum
(Green Area #1 on next map)
(Ancient Colchester).    

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Map of Roman Colonia Victricensis        
Map of Roman Colonia Victricensis
and surrounding area
(Ancient Colchester).    

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Map of Colchester, Essex in 2015        
Map of Colchester, Essex in 2015.    

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Aerial View Colchester, Essex 2015        
Aerial View Colchester, Essex 2015.    

This page was created beginning with information from Wikipedia. In Roman times, Colchester was known as Camulodunum, later as Victricensis.

The name of the town and the River Colne are also a legacy of the Romans. "Colchester" (first appearing in written form in the 10th Century as Colencaester and Colneceastre) is a Saxon name derived from the Latin words Colonia and Castra,[Source 3] with the River Colne also taking its name from Colonia.[source 3]

Roman Colchester

Roman Colchester Streets 001" by Razumukhin - Graphic software. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons as of 2015 D Apr 22

Map of Ancient Roman Circus in Colchester (2015)

An ancient Roman Circus was located at the north-east corner of Abbey Field, at the intersection of Napier Road and Flagstaff Road in Colchester, Essex, England (Source 5). It is the only Roman Circus known to have existed in England. In 2015, roads have been built on top of the ancient Roman Circus in Colchester. The main purpose of such a Roman Circus was for chariot races. Today in Europe, there exist the remains of many Roman Circus sites that were built by the Romans in the period 200 BC to 200 AD. A list of known Roman Circus sites can be found in Source 6 below. Few of the Roman Circus sites have been preserved.

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Map locating Roman Circus in Colchester, Essex in 2015        
Map locating Roman Circus in Colchester, Essex in 2015.    

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Map without Roman Circus in Colchester, Essex in 2015        
Map without Roman Circus in Colchester, Essex in 2015.    

External Sources

Source 1: Camulodunum Wikipedia Article
Source 2: Colchester Photos
Source 3: City of Victory; the story of Colchester - Britain's first Roman town by Crummy, Philip (1997),
                Published by Colchester Archaeological Trust (ISBN 1 897719 04 3)
Source 4: A History of Celtic Britain (4 part TV Series, 2011) Cast: Crummy, Philip et al
Source 5: Roman Circus in Colchester Scheduled Monument Number 46327
Source 6: Wikipedia: Roman Circus List of all known Roman Circus sites

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Date: 2015 D Apr 22
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