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Did the Romans live in Somerset?


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January 18, 2008 11:35AM

The Romans occupied Somerset in about AD 47 and the county remained part of the Roman Empire for another 400 years. Their most important settlement was what we now call the City of Bath, named after the Roman Baths built there. The Romans called the city Aquae Sulis; the baths were built around a natural hot water spring and included a temple to the Celtic goddess Sulis who the Romans identified with their goddess Minerva. The baths have been reconstructed and are now a major tourist attraction. Other Roman remains have been found in Somerset including the Pagans Hill Roman Temple and the Low Ham Roman Villa.