Aquae Sulis overview
Modern name(s) Bath
Region Europe
Section British Isles
Latitude 51.38093049 N suggest info
Longitude 2.35999337 W
Status Accurate location
Info The Romans probably occupied Aquae Sulis shortly after their invasion of Britain in AD 43, attracted by the large natural hot spring which had been a shrine of the Celtic Brythons, dedicated to their goddess, Sulis. This spring was a natural mineral spring found in the valley of the Avon River in Southwest England. The name is Latin for "the waters of Sulis." The Romans identified the goddess with their goddess Minerva and encouraged her worship. The similarities between Minerva and Sulis helped the Celts adapt to Roman culture. The spring was built up into a major Roman Baths complex associated with an adjoining temple. About 130 messages to Sulis scratched onto lead curse tablets (defixiones) have been recovered from the Sacred Spring by archaeologists.
general info
Rediscovered from the 18th century onward, the city's Roman remains have become one of the city's main attractions. They may be viewed almost exclusively at the Roman Baths Museum.
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51.380930, -2.359993 === 51.380930 N, 2.359993 W === 51° 22' 51.3" N, 2° 21' 36.0" W
Nearest sites Bathampton Camp, circa 2.3 km (2536 yd) east
Blacker's Hill, circa 18.5 km (11.5 mi) south-west
Maesbury Castle, circa 22.4 km (13.9 mi) south-west
Portus Abonae, Sea Mills, circa 22.7 km (14.1 mi) west
Backwell hill fort, circa 25.9 km (16.1 mi) west
Dolebury, circa 30.5 km (18.9 mi) west
Uleybury, circa 34.4 km (21.4 mi) north
Banwell Camp, circa 34.5 km (21.4 mi) west
Silbury hill, circa 35.1 km (21.8 mi) east
Woodchester, circa 39.4 km (24.5 mi) north
Cadbury Castle, circa 41.4 km (25.8 mi) south-west
Brent Knoll Camp, circa 43.1 km (26.8 mi) west
Durrington Walls, circa 45 km (28 mi) east
Woodhenge, circa 45.3 km (28.1 mi) east
Corinium Dobunnorum, Amphitheatre, circa 45.5 km (28.3 mi) north-east
Corinium Dobunnorum, Cirencester, circa 45.9 km (28.6 mi) north-east
Isca Augusta, Isca Silurum, Caerleon, circa 48.7 km (30.3 mi) west
Venta Silurum, Caerwent, circa 38.1 km (23.7 mi) north-west
Hambledon Hill, circa 52.6 km (32.7 mi) south
Figsbury Ring, circa 53.5 km (33.2 mi) south-east
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Database ID 1590, created 8 Oct 2010, 19:30, Last changed 10 Apr 2011, 01:45