Online Encyclopedia

CASSIVELAUNUS, or CASSIVELAAUNUS

Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 462 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: del.icio.us del.icio.us it!
CASSIVELAUNUS, or CASSIVELAAUNUS, a British chieftain, ruler df the country north of the Thames, who led the native tribes against Julius Caesar on his second expedition (54 B.c.) (see BRITAIN). After several indecisive engagements, Caesar took the camp of Cassivelaunus, who was obliged to make peace on condition of paying tribute and giving hostages. But these promises were not meant to be kept, and it appears certain that the tribute was never paid. According to Bede (Hist. Eccles. i. 2), the remains of Cassivelaunus's entrenchment were visible seven or eight centuries later. See Caesar, B.G. v. 11-22; Dio Cassius xl. 2, 3; Orosius vi. 9. 6; Eutropius vi. 17; Polyaenus, Strategemata, viii. 23. For the etymology of the name (which is Celtic in origin, and appears later as Caswallon) see J. Rhys, Celtic Britain, pp. 289-290 (1904); C. I. Elton, Origins of English History (189o) ; and Stock's edition of Caesar, De Bello Gallico (1898).
End of Article: CASSIVELAUNUS, or CASSIVELAAUNUS
[back]
GAIUS CASSIUS
[next]
CASSOCK (Fr. casaque, a military cloak)

Additional information and Comments

There are no comments yet for this article.
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.