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Londinium

Roman London from its Origins to the Fifth Century

Professor Richard Hingley Christina Unwin

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Bloomsbury
01 August 2018
History; Ancient history: to c 500 CE; Classical Greek & Roman archaeology
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.
By:   Professor Richard Hingley
Illustrated by:   Christina Unwin
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 189mm, 
Weight:   780g
ISBN:   9781350047297
ISBN 10:   1350047295
Series:   Criminal Practice Series
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 August 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of Figures Preface Introduction 1. Rites of Passage on the Thames in the Iron Age 2. A place of trade: Londinium from AD 45 to AD 60 3. Boudica and Londinium in AD 60 4. Re-establishing urban order from AD 60 to 70 5. Londinium from AD 70 to AD 120 6. Hadrianic fires 7. Londinium's peak of development from AD 125 to AD 200 8. Third century stability 9. Endings and beginnings Conclusion. Beginnings and endings Appendix. Site codes and names for excavations discussed in the text Bibliography Index

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).

Reviews for Londinium: A Biography: Roman London from its Origins to the Fifth Century

[T]his book will become the go-to book for researching Roman London, to anchor and orientate, and to point toward the archives and publications ... it is the essential collation of recent research that London has been crying out for. As a biography, we see Londinium's birth and questionable parentage, its troubled Boudican infancy, then its maturity, and finally its economic wobbles as age sets in. * American Journal of Archaeology * 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 Archaeology * Well illustrated with helpful chapter summaries ... particularly valuable is the author's ability to cross traditional (and restricting) boundaries and explore the archaeology in terms of its social, commercial, political and religious significance ... All in all an essential book for anyone studying, researching or just enjoying Roman Britain, English and Roman history, Roman archaeology or urban studies. * Classics for All * There has clearly been a significant amount of intensive research and thorough reading for this book ... The detailed descriptions of the form, location and chronology of the buildings of Londinium during the period AD 70-120 is particularly notable ... [A] detailed piece of work which has clearly involved much study. * European Journal of Archaeology * The virtue of Hingley's book is that it brings together a vast quantity of information ... Hingley is to be congratulated: not for writing the biography of Londinium, but for posing the right questions and, hopefully, for enabling other authors and excavators to stand on his shoulders, providing them with a clearer view from the data mountain. * Minerva * 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 *


  • Winner of The PROSE Award 2019
  • Winner of The PROSE Award 2019 (United States)

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