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London in the Roman World

Author/EditorPerring, Dominic (Director of the UCL Ce (Author)
ISBN: 9780198789000
Pub Date27/01/2022
BindingHardback
Pages592
Dimensions (mm)240(h) * 162(w) * 30(d)
This original study draws on the results of latest archaeological discoveries to describe London's Roman origins. It offers a wealth of new information from one of the world's richest and most intensively studied archaeological sites.
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incAn original, authoritative survey of the archaeology and history of Roman London.

London in the Roman World draws on the results of latest archaeological discoveries to describe London's Roman origins. It presents a wealth of new information from one of the world's richest and most intensively studied archaeological sites, and a host of original ideas concerning its economic and political history. This original study follows a narrative approach, setting archaeological data firmly within its historical context. London was perhaps converted from a fort built at the
time of the Roman conquest, where the emperor Claudius arrived to celebrate his victory in AD 43, to become the commanding city from which Rome supported its military occupation of Britain. London grew to support Rome's campaigning forces, and the book makes a close study of the political and economic
consequences of London's role as a supply base. Rapid growth generated a new urban landscape, and this study provides a comprehensive guide to the industry and architecture of the city. The story, traced from new archaeological research, shows how the city was twice destroyed in war, and suffered more lastingly from plagues of the second and third centuries. These events had a critical bearing on the reforms of late antiquity, from which London emerged as a defended administrative enclave only
to be deserted when Rome failed to maintain political control. This ground-breaking study brings new information and arguments to our study of the way in which Rome ruled, and how the empire failed.

incAn original, authoritative survey of the archaeology and history of Roman London.

London in the Roman World draws on the results of latest archaeological discoveries to describe London's Roman origins. It presents a wealth of new information from one of the world's richest and most intensively studied archaeological sites, and a host of original ideas concerning its economic and political history. This original study follows a narrative approach, setting archaeological data firmly within its historical context. London was perhaps converted from a fort built at the
time of the Roman conquest, where the emperor Claudius arrived to celebrate his victory in AD 43, to become the commanding city from which Rome supported its military occupation of Britain. London grew to support Rome's campaigning forces, and the book makes a close study of the political and economic
consequences of London's role as a supply base. Rapid growth generated a new urban landscape, and this study provides a comprehensive guide to the industry and architecture of the city. The story, traced from new archaeological research, shows how the city was twice destroyed in war, and suffered more lastingly from plagues of the second and third centuries. These events had a critical bearing on the reforms of late antiquity, from which London emerged as a defended administrative enclave only
to be deserted when Rome failed to maintain political control. This ground-breaking study brings new information and arguments to our study of the way in which Rome ruled, and how the empire failed.

Dominic Perring is the Director of the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology and a former lecturer in archaeology at the University of Leicester, University of York, and American University of Beirut. He has spent over fifty years leading archaeological research into Roman cities, including major programmes of research in London, Beirut, and Milan. He has written more than 100 academic papers and contributed to various television broadcasts on these and related topics.

PART 1: APPROACHES TO ROMAN LONDON 1: Introduction 2: Recovering Roman London 3: Understanding Roman London 4: Before London PART 2: MAKING LONDON 5: The Roman invasion (c. AD 43) 6: A supply base (c. AD 43-52) 7: Shaping the city (c. AD 52-60) 8: The Boudican revolt (c. AD 60-61) 9: Post-war reconstruction (c. AD 61-70) PART 3: MONUMENTS OF ROME 10: Bread and circuses (c. AD 70-80 11: Britain's capital? (c. AD 80-90) 12: Episodes of renewal (c. AD 90-110) 13: The great forum (c. AD 110-125) PART 4: THE WORKING CITY 14: The urban hinterland 15: The region and its resources 16: Economy and supply 17: London at work 18: People and society PART 5: DESTRUCTION AND RECOVERY 19: The Hadrianic fire (c. AD 125-135) 20: The Walbrook skulls 21: Antonine sophistication (c. AD 135-165) PART 6: LONDON DIMINISHED 22: Antonine contraction (c. AD 165-180 23: Severan revival (c. AD 180-225) 24: Britannia Superior (c. AD 225-250) 25: The third-century 'crisis' (c. AD 250-270) PART 7: THE LATE ANTIQUE CITY 26: Restoration (c. AD 270-285) 27: City of emperors (c. AD 285-350) 28: Augusta (c. AD 350-380) 29: Endings (c. AD 380-400) PART 8: BEYOND ROME 30: Fifth-century landscapes 31: Afterword APPENDIX: EXCAVATIONS REFERRED TO IN THE TEXT

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