Julius Caesar


Ebbsfleet, 54 BC: Searching for the launch site of Caesar’s British invasions

Julius Caesar first invaded Britain on 23 August 55 BC. Within a month, he was gone, and although his army – fewer than 10,000 strong – did not campaign beyond east Kent, the invasion caused a sensation back home. By crossing the sea, Caesar had ventured beyond the world known to Romans – what they called the orbis terrarum – and he had brought Britain under the authority of Rome. In less than a year, he would return – and now, Andrew Fitzpatrick reports, the location of his landing point may have been revealed.