Roman London

Course Dates: 23/09/22 - 09/12/22
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Using archaeological and written evidence, we will explore what life was like in London during the Roman occupation between c.50 and 450 CE.
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Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00

Course Code: HLW89

Fri, day, 23 Sep - 09 Dec '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course explores what life was like in a provincial capital and its place within the wider Roman Empire between
the first and fifth centuries.

What will we cover?

We begin with an introduction to the arrival of the Romans to these shores with the Claudian invasion of 43 AD and
the birth of London (Londinium) c. AD 50. Thereafter we explore what archaeology reveals about the layout of
London and the life of its inhabitants during the Roman occupation of Britain until the early fifth century. Topics
include: the impact of Boudicca, trade, housing, public and religious life.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Explain why the site of London was chosen to be the capital of Roman Britain
• Identify archaeological evidence for the sack of London by Boudicca
• Chart the expansion of the Roman settlement and development of the port
• Describe what the Spitalfields burial reveals about the life of a Roman noble woman.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for Roman history. No previous knowledge is
necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Each week there will be an informative talk, using PowerPoint, during which class discussion will be encouraged.
We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion
purposes. Occasionally small pieces of homework reading will be distributed to augment your knowledge. You are
encouraged to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs other than note-taking materials.
f you wish to purchase a book before the course I would recommend Simon Webb, Life in Roman London (Stroud: The History Press, 2011).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might consider enrolling on the next London course in this cycle: Norman and Plantagenet London 1000-1350.

Vanessa King Tutor Website

Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University, and Birkbeck College University of London. At City Lit, Vanessa offers courses and day schools on London, as well as European history from the Fall of Rome to 1800. She has published widely on the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1154), and is currently writing a book on Early English Queenship 600-1066 for Routledge. You can follow her progress via her website: Vanessa’s expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine!

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