Podcast Season 3, Episode 4 – Nevertheless, She Persisted: Boudicca and Imperial Resistance with Caitlin Gillespie

Caitlin Gillespie smiles at the camera. She has past-shoulder length auburn hair, is wearing a short-sleeved black blouse with white dots, and stands in a green field with trees in the background
Dr. Caitlin Gillespie

For this week’s episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we talk with Dr. Caitlin Gillespie, an assistant professor of Classical Studies at Brandeis University, where she works on the history of women’s protests in the early Roman empire, integrating theories of memory, exemplarity, and landscape. Her first book, Boudica: Woman Warrior of Roman Britain, was published with Oxford University Press in 2018. She is currently working on a book concerning forms of female protest as recorded in Tacitus’ Annals and writing about women in the year of the four emperors. 

Listen in, as Dr. Gillespie talks to us about Boudica, the fierce leader of the Brittonic Iceni tribe who led a revolt against the Romans. We find out who she was, possible reasons behind the revolt, economic and cultural life of the Iceni, and identity in late Iron Age and Roman Britain.

Interested in learning more? Check out these related works by Dr. Gillespie:

Gillespie, C. C. 2018. Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman Britain. Oxford University Press. 

Gillespie, C. C. 2018. “The Wolf and the Hare: Boudica’s Political Bodies in Tacitus and Dio,” Classical World 108.3: 403-429. 

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a aerial/satellite view map detailing Boudica's final battle
Map of Boudica’s Final Battle. Source: Britt Bauer
Additional Materials Related to this Podcast

Adler, E. 2008. “Boudica’s Speeches in Tacitus and Dio.” Classical World 101: 173-195. 

Allason-Jones, L. 2005. Women in Roman Britain. New Edition. York: Council for British Archaeology. 

Braund, D. 1996. Ruling Roman Britain: Kings, Queens, Governors and Emperors from Julius Caesar to Agricola. London: Routledge. 

Creighton, J. 2006. Britannia: The Creation of a Roman Province. London: Routledge. 

Crummy, P. 1997. City of Victory: The Story of Colchester – Britain’s First Roman Town. Colchester: Colchester Archaeological Trust. 

Davies, J. 2009. The Land of Boudica: Prehistoric and Roman Norfolk. Oxford: Oxbow. 

Dudley, D. R. and Webster, G. 1962. The Rebellion of Boudicca. New York: Routledge. 

Hingley, R. and C. Unwin. 2005. Boudica: Iron Age Warrior Queen. London: Hambledon and London. 

Johnson, M. 2012. Boudica. London: Bristol Classical Press. 

Mattingly, D. 2006. An Imperial Possession: Britain in the Roman Empire. London: Penguin. 

Revell, L. 2016. Ways of Being Roman: Discourses of Identity in the Roman West. Oxford: Oxbow. 

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