This major new work on Roman London brings together the many new discoveries of the last generation and provides a detailed overview of the city from before its foundation in the first century to the fifth century AD. Richard Hingley explores the archaeological and historical evidence for London under the Romans, assessing the city in the context of its province and the wider empire.
He explores the multiple functions of Londinium over time, considering economy, industry, trade, status and urban infrastructure, but also looking at how power, status, gender and identity are reflected through the materiality of the terrain and waterscape of the evolving city. A particular focus of the book is the ritual and religious context in which these activities occurred. Hingley looks at how places within the developing urban landscape were inherited and considers how the history and meanings of Londinium built upon earlier associations from its recent and ancient past.
As well as drawing together a much-needed synthesis of recent scholarship and material evidence, Hingley offers new perspectives that will inspire future debate and research for years to come. This volume not only provides an accessible introduction for undergraduate students and anyone interested in the ancient city of London, but also an essential account for more advanced students and scholars.
About the Author
Richard Hingley is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Durham, UK, and the author of numerous books on Roman Britain including Hadrian's Wall: A Life (2012), The Recovery of Roman Britain 1586 to 1906 (2008) and Boudica: Iron Age Warrior Queen (2005).
An impressive overview of present thought ... This briskly written synthesis, packed with helpful plans, is a great overview of the Roman town, and a handy launchpad for further reading about specific sites. * Current Archaeology *
The book has the feel of an intelligent directory, and will surely be on the shelves of everyone remotely engaged with London's archaeology. * British Archeology *
An extraordinary achievement. Richard Hingley guides us expertly through the remains of Roman Londinium, throwing light into the archaeological shadows. This is the benchmark and springboard for any future study. * Michael Shanks, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Stanford University, USA *