The roman origins of the town!

The Romans invaded England in 43 AD. The Romans built a fort on the site of Cirencester. The soldiers in the fort provided a ready market for goods made by the townspeople. The Roman fort was dismantled around 75 AD. However Roman Cirencester prospered. In the late 1st century it was rebuilt and enlarged. The streets were laid out in a grid pattern and a market place called a forum was built. The forum was lined with shops. It also had a kind of town hall called a basilica.

The Romans also built an amphitheatre at Cirencester where people could watch wrestling and cruel sports like cock fighting and bear baiting (a bear was chained to a post and dogs were trained to attack it). On special occasions gladiators probably fought in the amphitheatre. At first Roman Cirencester was defended by a ditch. However in the early 3rd century stone walls were built around Cirencester.

The Corinium Museum in the Cotswold town of Cirencester in England has a large collection of objects found in and around the locality. The bulk of the exhibits are from the Roman town of Corinium Dobunnorum, but the museum includes material from as early as the Neolithic and all the way up to Victorian times. The museum has a collection of 2nd- and 4th-century Roman mosaic floors and carvings, as well other Roman objects, large and small.

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