Contrast between the British and Roman forces in Tacitus' Boudica

Just a short set of contrasts between the two forces, because my teacher has promised a question like this will usually come up!

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Contrast between the British and Roman forces in Tacitus'
Boudica
Romans
Led by Suetonius, made up of the 14th Legion and some of the 20th Legions auxiliaries (around 10,00
in all)
Choose a suitable location to draw up narrow area with woods to the rear and an open plain in front
no chance of an ambush
Lined up in an organized fashion with cavalry on the wings
The Romans fight methodically after using up their javelins, they use the `wedge' formation to
advance and attack
Only about 400 men lost
Britons
`Rushing about wildly'
In groups of infantry and `troops of cavalry' but not a methodical/tactical approach
Illadvised move to leave their wives on wagons at the edge of the battlefield wagons block the
Briton's escape and the wives/baggage animals are slaughtered
Romans break through the `strong forces' ­ combination of infantry in wedge formation and cavalry
too powerful for the Britons
Around 80,000 casualties

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