Who Was Britannia?


Originally, Great Britain was called ‘Albion’ by the Romans, who invaded Britain in 55BC, but this later became ‘Britannia’. The word ‘Britannia’ is derived from ‘Pretannia’, the term that the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus (1BC) used for the Pretani people, who the Greeks believed lived in Britain. Those living in Britannia would be referred to as Britanni.
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Britannia is a personification of Britain often shown seated with a lion at her feet, as on the 50 pence coin. She was invented by the Romans 2,000 years ago and is seen as the goddess of war and passion. She has been on the back of the fifty pence coins since 1672 but won't be for long because of a new government campaign, for a new design.
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