The Queen of Propaganda: Boudica’s Representation in Empire

  • Eleanor Mary Vannan University of Victoria
Keywords: Keywords: Boudica; Roman Empire; British Empire; Imperial Propaganda; Roman Britain


Boudica was an Iceni queen c. 60 CE in Roman-occupied Britain who revolted against the Roman empire. While there is a scarcity of primary sources that document her life, Boudica has remained a dominant figure in conceptualisations of British national identity. This paper examines the works of the Roman historians, the archaeological record, and the depictions of Boudica in different periods and analyses the ability of historians to record events without being influenced by the ideology of their contemporary periods. Through a comparative examination of sources, this paper argues that Boudica should not be approached as a verifiable historical figure but as a tool to understand imperial propaganda.

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