Latin Abbreviation: Britannicus - Victor over the Britains.


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BRIT Britanni. - Pacatus, in his Panegyr. Theodisii, cited by Eckhel (|vi| 247) calls the Birtons by the strong term of exules orbis (exiles from the terrestrial globe). About the time of Claudius (AD 41 to 54) it was customary to write the name with one T, as in BRITANNIA, BRITANNI, AND BRITANNICVS. The name of the island and people was also spelled with one T during the reigns of Hadrian and Antoninus Pius. It was under Commodus (about AD 184) that two letter T's were used, and only one N; and in the coins minted under Geta and Caracalla (AD 198 to 217) a legend was BRITTANNICAE. After this time, the word does not appear on coinage of Rome.

BRIT Britannicus - On a few coins commemorating the expidition of Claudius into Britain, this legend appears; however Claudius did not in general make this a |part| of his ordinary legend on coins. See BRITANNIS.

Some later emperors did take on the surname of Britannicus. Commodus first used it on coins AD 184; and it read PIVS BRIT, and took the place of other regional titles previously used such as Germanicus and Sarmaticus. Britannicus was also used on the coins of Septimius Severus, Caracalla, and Geta.

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