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Altright commentator gets schooled by historian over diversity in Roman Britain

first_img…many of the inhabitants of the ‘vicus’ would travel with the legion, especially if they were considered ‘elite’.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 Lant Street Girl was 14 when she died. She came from the southern Mediterranean. https://t.co/AiP4OUIxmZ pic.twitter.com/UH6vIzS5uR— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 “Thank God the BBC is portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse,” he tweeted. “I mean, who cares about historical accuracy, right?”Step forward writer and historian Mike Stuchbery, who gave PJW a quick history lesson on ethnic diversity in Roman Britain.“Roman Britain was ethnically diverse, almost by design. To begin, occupying legions were drawn from other parts of the Empire,” Stuchbery responded.“Every year we dig up new remains that suggest that Roman Britain, anywhere larger than a military outpost, was an ethnically diverse place.”His full response:  London, as the capital of the province, was especially diverse. People lived, worked & died together from all over.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 We have accounts of ‘moors’, along with (modern-day) Iraqi & Syrian soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall. https://t.co/KmuhwjFLUn— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 An alt-right commentator who complained about the BBC portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse has sparked a row with a historian on Twitter.Paul Joseph Watson (PJW), editor of alt-right website InfoWars, shared a screengrab of a BBC educational video on life in Britain, suggesting it was inaccurate. PJW hit back in a video post, responding : “The BBC released an educational documentary about Roman Britain depicting what they said was an ‘exploration of life in Roman Britain shown through the eyes of a typical family’.“I tweeted it was historically inaccurate to depict Roman Britain as ethnically diverse, making the point that this was obviously the BBC engaging in politically correct tokenism.” Thank God the BBC is portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse.I mean, who cares about historical accuracy, right? pic.twitter.com/SqE83Pmf2h— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) July 25, 2017last_img read more