Was Boudicca buried or cremated?

Boudicca was a queen of the Iceni tribe of what is now known as East Anglia in England, who led an uprising of the tribes against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. Opinion about the manner of her funeral rites is very much in dispute to this day.


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    Was Boudicca buried or cremated?

    Yes because... No because...

    Buried: Cassius Dio

    N.B. I am taking the yes side to be arguing for burial over cremation, points arguing for cremation or against burial should go on the no side.

    Cassius Dio, one of our few near-contempory sources for the Roman history of the period says that Boudicca was buried. Dio was a member of the roman senate and was born around 160 AD, some of his work has been passed down by a byzantine scholar John Zoranas[[Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15764a.htm
    'In the meantime [same time as the battle], however, Buduica fell sick and died. The Britons mourned her deeply and gave her a costly burial; but, feeling that now at last they were really defeated, they scattered to their homes. So much for affairs in Britain.'[[Cassius Dio, Roman History, Loeb Classical Library, 9 volumes, Greek texts and facing English translation: Harvard University Press, 1914 thru 1927. Translation by Earnest Cary. pp.105-6. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Cassius_Dio/home.html

    In this case a contempory means more than 100 years later, I would not be considered a primary source if I wrote about the death of Queen Victoria, so how is dio supposed to be any more reliable.
    Moreover Dio saying that there was a costly burial does not explicity exclude a cremation, the ashes could have been buried.

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