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Driel


Detail of map of Germania Inferior. Design Jona Lendering.
The location of Driel (17)
Germania inferior: small province of the Roman empire, situated along the Lower Rhine. This webpage is part of a series of short descriptions of villages in Germania inferior. An overview can be found here.

The Roman settlement near modern Driel was close to the river Rhine and the remains must have eroded. However, many stray finds, including a large collection of metal objects from the second half of the first century, have been discovered in the river. It has been suggested that the settlement was a fort, built when the Roman general Germanicus attacked the Germanic tribes (14-16). It is possible that a cavalry unit ("the turma of Gaius") guarded a ford or ferry in the Rhine. However, it may also have been a civil settlement.

In the summer of 2003, when the Rhine was lower than ever, the author of this website has seen architectural remains of brick in the (dry) part of the river channel, west of the modern village.

Edge of Empire. The book Arjen Bosman and I wrote about Rome's Lower Rhine Frontier.
Edge of Empire. The book Arjen Bosman and I wrote about Rome's Lower Rhine Frontier (order; review)



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