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SILURES

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 109 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SILURES, a powerful and warlike tribe in ancient Britain, occupying approximately the counties of Monmouth, Brecon and Glamorgan. They made a fierce resistance to the Roman conquest about A.U. 48, but a legionary fortress (Isca Silurum, Cwrleon) was planted in their midst and by A.D. 78 they were overcome. Their town Venta Silurum (Cmrwent, 6 m. W. of Chepstow) became a Romanized town, not unlike Silchester, but smaller. Its massive Roman walls still survive, and recent excavations have revealed a town hall and market square, a temple, baths, amphitheatre, and many comfortable houses with mosaics, &c. An inscription shows that under the Roman Empire it was the chef-lieu of the Silures, whose ordo or county council provided for the local government of the district. (F. J. H.)
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