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Stone carving of Pictish warriors. Source: David Matthew Lyons / Adobe Stock.

The Picts, the Scottish Tribe That Gave the Romans Hell (Video)

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The Picts, a mysterious group of people who inhabited the regions now known as northern England and southern Scotland, left an indelible mark on Roman history during the early centuries AD. While much remains shrouded in mystery about these mysterious people, their confrontations with the Romans are well-documented. The Picts were a formidable challenge for the Roman Empire, fiercely defending their homeland against the expanding Roman forces. The name "Picts" itself, derived from the Latin "Picti," referred to their tattooed or painted bodies, a characteristic that struck fear into their adversaries. Linguistically, the Picts remain an enigma. Their unique language has defied attempts at complete decipherment, leaving only fragments that tantalize scholars and historians.

One of the most enduring legacies of the Picts is their intricately carved symbol stones. These standing stones feature complex designs that are believed to convey important messages or commemorate significant events in their society. Despite their historical significance, the Picts gradually fade from the historical record after the 9th century, leaving historians to ponder their mysterious disappearance and their assimilation into the emerging Scottish culture. The Picts, though elusive in many aspects, remain a captivating subject of historical inquiry, their story woven with both intrigue and defiance against the mighty Roman Empire.

Top image: Stone carving of Pictish warriors. Source: David Matthew Lyons / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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