Staff and Students with friends of the Centre visited Roman sites in Wales in April 2018, focusing on Caerwent and Caerleon. At Caerwent we toured the well-preserved Roman walls, the Romano Celtic temple, and then the forum and the basilica. In Caerleon we explored the well-preserved amphitheatre, the legionary baths and the museum. Richard Cleaves, an expert on the subject and a member of the Centre, acted as our guide for the visit. From the perspective of the Centre, these two sites provide invaluable information about the Roman context for understanding the New Testament texts and connections between Britain and the biblical world (for example, Vespasian, who besieged Jerusalem, at one time commanded the legion based at Caerleon). The day was accompanied by a delicious pub meal.
The Amphitheatre at Caerleon (photo: Pekka Pitkänen)
The legionary barracks at Caerleon (photo: Pekka Pitkänen)