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Lucius Artorius Castus: Part 2: The Battles in Britain

Lucius Artorius Castus: Part 2: The Battles in Britain

Malcor, Linda A.

The Heroic Age, Issue 2, Autumn/Winter 1999

Abstract

Even though Lucius Artorius Castus lived in the second century, his biography provides a number of parallels with King Arthur. In this part of the series, I present the parallels between Castus and Arthur’s traditional battle list.

In a previous paper (Malcor 1999), I explored what we know about the life of Lucius Artorius Castus, a Roman officer who lived in the late second century. In this article I intend to show how certain details of Castus’s military career in Britain correspond to details in the traditional biography of the legendary King Arthur. Let me start by taking a look at what we are told about Arthur’s military career in Britain. 

 

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