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Londinium: London in the Roman Empire (History of London #1)
History, nonfiction. This book explores highlights of the history of the city of London, from just before the Roman invasion of Britain to the early Medieval period called the "Age of Arthur". The text is based on the academic lecture series by Prof. John Morris, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at University College, London, and was posthumously organized by Sarah Macre ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 14th 1999 by Weidenfeld & Nicholson history
(first published 1982)
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The summer Olympics will be held in London this year, and no doubt the place will soon be a showcase for Europe’s most populous city and once the center of its own empire. This book explores the city’s humble beginnings as an outpost of the Roman empire, beginning first with Julius Caesar’s foray onto the island, and then more permanent encampments, followed by trading posts and eventually townships, beginning with Verulamium, which is now known as St.Albans… a town slightly northwest of metropo ...more
This book is more about the Roman empire than about London IN the Roman Empire. I respect Morris's academic honesty and his careful reasoning, but this book should probably be called "We don't really know much about London until way later, so here's some facts about what life was like in other parts of the Roman empire. Oh, and potsherds." But that's too long. The maps aren't very helpful. Some interesting connections between the Romans and the Victorians. And I often thought about how the U.S. ...more
Certainly a thorough account of an interesting period in Roman history, though hardly an entertaining one. Definitely thoroughly researched and documented. Of course much has been done in Brit archaeology in the past 25 years that makes it a bit dated, but not much.