1) Who you’ll meet

  1. The Romans came to Londinium in 43AD and occupied it for nearly 500 years. Before then, there were probably mWelcome to Londinium! ore people than mosquitoes living in the area. [3]  Most people you will meet will have been born in the area, living in a Roman style house, speaking Latin and copying Roman hairstyles and clothes. [4] Most people died between the ages of 26 and 45 from old age and infectious diseases. People wore tunics or togas and cloaks and women wore necklaces, bracelets, and rings. [4] You could also run into a Procurator at his palace, a Roman officer responsible for the finances of an imperial province. [6] It is not advised to travel to London in AD60, as Queen Boudica and the Iceni people ravaged the city and burnt and massacred everybody. The majority of the people you will meet will be traders, merchants and soldiers.

Fragment of London Wall

2)   How You’ll Get There

  1. Londinium was at the focal point of the Roman road system in the south-east and was very easily accessibly by road. [5] Londinium was situated on the north bank of the river Thames and easily accessibly by boat. [6] If you are traveling from within England, it is easy to get to
  2. Londinium from any other Roman village by foot or cart but from elsewhere in the Roman kingdom, Londinium was made to be accessed by sea and then river. Londinium is 40 miles from the estuary on the North Sea. [6] Sea going ships can easily sail up river and berth. [1] The fastest way to get to Londinium from Rome would take about 41 days and will put you back about 1600 denarii per person. Travel would be through many different outlets, from road to coastal to sea, you would cross the mainland through Masilia, Augustodonum, Lutetia, and Gesoriacum [orbis].
  3. Londinium Ruins

3)   Why You’d Go There

  1. Londinium was an excellent center of trade with the rest of the Roman Empire due to its strategic location. [1] Londinium is also a cosmopolitan center with many beautiful buildings. Londonium has a Mithraeum, ampitheatre, large markets and luxurious homes. [3] The Londinium Ampitheatre is a massive structure which can hold up to 8000 spectators, so you can catch a great seat to a bloody gladiatorial game. Londonium is a commercial center and the area around the forum is filled with houses and shops. [7]Roman Londinium Coins

4)   What was Londinium Like

  1. The settlement of Londinium stands north of the river Thames between the hills Cornhill and Ludgate with another suburb in Southwark. [3] Depending on which time you go, the size of Londinium could vary from 30 acres to 300 acres. [6] Londinium was savagely destroyed by Queen Bodica, leader of the Iceni in AD60 when it was burnt to the ground. [3] After this, the London Wall was built and it encompasses around 330 acres and fortifies Londinium and helps it remain a commercial center. [2] Londinium has all the trappings of Roman provincial luxury. The basilica at Cornhill contains the town hall and government offices, with the forum right next to it. The rich live in town homes and had many slaves. [6]Latin is the language of the town. There are many types of buildings in the city including the Harbour, the wharf, the fort, the town walls, the ampitheatre and the temple [10].

Here is a sketch of how Londinium is laid out.


Works Cited

Alchin, Linda. Castles: Londinium. 2012. http://www.castles.me.uk/londinium.htm.

Ancient Worlds LLC . Londinium. February 13, 2010. http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Places/Place/324436.

Bedoyere, Guy De La. Roman Britian. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2006.

Bigazzi, Margherita , and Maria Tiralongo. The ancient Britain and Londinium . n.d.

Huebner, Brandon. A History of Britain. April 19, 2012. http://british-history.net/roman-britain/roman-londinium-the-london-wall-and-the-growth-of-trade-in-roman-britain/ (accessed April 2013).

Londinium. Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Maloney, John. “Londinium: A Descriptive Map and Guide to Roman London.” Britannia, 1982: 439-441.

Morris, John, and Sarah Macready. “Londinium; London in the Roman Empire.” The American Historical Review 90, no. 5 (1985): 1174.

Museum of London. Digging up the Romans . 2003. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/learning/features_facts/digging/people/i2.html (accessed 2013).

—. The Poultry Dig: The founding of Londinium . January 23, 2006. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/archive/exhibits/hslondon/arch/founding.htm (accessed April 2013).

Photo. Coin. http://www.forumancientcoins.com

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