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The Round Table


For centuries the site of the Roman amphitheatre in Caerleon was known as 'King Arthur's Round Table'.

Back in the 1587 Thomas Churchyard wrote of Caerleon:

In Arthur's tyme, a table round,
Was whereat he sate:
As yet a plot of goodly ground,
Sets forth that rare estate...

It would surely have been an excellent place for a leader to address his followers.

Our theory is that somewhere in time the meaning shifted from 'a round meeting place' to a 'round table'.

Read the full text of Churchyard's poem

King Arthur's Round Table - the amphitheatre Caerleon Wales