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Discover'd near CONQUEST
Supposed to be the place where the ROMANS
Conquest of BRITAIN was compleated.
By an anonymous Author.
Newly found out near CONQUEST in Som
MERSETT, supposed to be the place where
By Philantiquarius Britannicus.
N that most criticall year of our Lord 1666.
fields, the one in Laurence Liddyard, the other within the Parish of Stogumber adjoyning, and secing that 'Nummus est rei certissimus testis, I can think no
other, but that the resurrection of so much of such ancient coyne, so neare the same time and place, was, by speciall providence, to mind us (of these parts) of some memorable thing, or things, done hereabouts, now forgotten, and, therefore, I having thus long expected, shall now endeavour to extract, or pampe out, the inter
pretation of this riddle, out of the mouth, or Antiquity is best
pen, of some neighbourne Antiquarie, by de. illustrated by inhabitants,
claring this my conjecture, (vis.) That in some opportunities to survey all
place of the valley, that extends, on the West
side of Duantocke, from Taunton to Liddpadu, time, place and persons.
Stogumber and Watchett, the Romans coma
pleated the conquest of so much of Britaine, as is now called England, (Wales and Scotland being then unatteinpted by them,) and that the Romans throughout many ages afterward continued a Legion, or part of one, here, which they paid with such money as this, to pre vent insurrection by Land, and invasion by Sea ; for demonstration whereof, it will be requisite, in the first place, to yoc backe, and fetch my force as farr as from Julius Cæsar, &c. that I may run and leape forward the more vigoronsely. Julius Cæsar having once and againe audaciously' envaded, and as shamefully evaded, Britaine, thereby forfeited his Triumphant Motto Veni, vidi, vici, was stigmatized with Venit, vidit, fugit, and scoffed at, by one of his own Poëts, with a Territa quesitis ostendit' terga Britannis. So that now he was ne. cessitated to draw up all his forces into a fleete of 800. sąile, and therewith envaded : Britaine a third time, even to vindicate his honour, which lay bleeding in the Just amongst his late slaughtered souldiers : and now
Sic H. Sueto. Tranq. 3 Cæf. Com, lib. 5to.
Parluriunt montes, natusque est ridiculus mus :
Kent, and a little more, subdued, and he return'd. After Julius Cæsar came Octavius Augustus in his place, and he, being well contented with what his predecessor had wonne, lived and died in peace. After him rose up Tiberius Cæsar, which was soe over powred with civill Warres, that he had no opportunity to make any attempt on Britaine. And after him Caligula Casar; and he bad a great minde to Britaine, but would not adventure:
Catus vult piscem, sed non vult tangere lympham.
He came to Calice, where he looked over the Sea on Britaine, and put his Army in batalia on the Shore, in a braveado of a seeming attempt against Britaine. At an ebbing Sea, he commanded the Souldiers, upon the Sound of a charge, to fill their bosomes and helmetts with Shells, as Spoiles of the British Sea, whilest he, and some select friends, lanched out a little in their Gal. leyes, and, to perpetuate the memory of this vaine glorious, or rather ridiculous, action, he built shore, altissimam turrim, since called Britain huis, (i. e.) Britains house, appointing it for a Sea Mark with Fire on the topp by night, in imitation of that Phares at the Port of Alexandria.
After Caligula rose Claudius Cæsar, who, by the instigation of Bericus a banished. Britain, first sent Plautius
* Burt. Com. on Ant. It. in p. 15.
Suetonius de Calig. 3 Α φάο- γel φα νός.