Catus Decianus

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Catus Decianus was the procurator of Roman Britain in AD 60 or 61. Tacitus blames his "rapacity" in part for provoking the rebellion of Boudica.[1] Cassius Dio says he confiscated sums of money which had been given by the emperor Claudius to leading Britons, declaring them to be loans to be repaid with interest.[2]

When Boudica's army attacked Camulodunum (Colchester), the inhabitants sent to the procurator for help, but he sent only two hundred men. The city fell, and Decianus fled to Gaul,[1] to be replaced by Gaius Julius Alpinus Classicianus.[3] The fact that Decianus had to send men to Colchester implies that he himself was not resident there, prompting modern historians to place him in London during this period.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Tacitus, Annals 14.32
  2. ^ Cassius Dio, Roman History 62.2
  3. ^ Tacitus, Annals 14.38