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LONDINIUM was a settlement established on the current site of the City of London
City of London
around AD 43. Its bridge over the River Thames
River Thames
turned the city into a road nexus and major port , serving as a major commercial centre in Roman Britain
Roman Britain
until its abandonment during the 5th century .

Following its foundation in the mid-1st century, early Londinium occupied the relatively small area of 1.4 km2 (0.5 sq mi), roughly equivalent to the size of present-day Hyde Park , with a fortified garrison on one of its hills. In the year 60 or 61, the rebellion of the Iceni
Iceni
under Boudica
Boudica
forced the garrison to abandon the settlement, which was then razed. Following the Iceni's defeat at the Battle of Watling Street , the city was rebuilt as a planned Roman town and recovered within about a decade. During the later decades of the 1st century , Londinium
Londinium
expanded rapidly, becoming Great Britain
Great Britain
's largest city. By the turn of the century, Londinium
Londinium
had grown to about 60,000 people, almost certainly replacing Camulodunum ( Colchester
Colchester
) as the provincial capital and by the 2nd century , Londinium
Londinium
was at its height. Its forum and basilica were one of the largest structures north of the Alps
Alps
, when the Emperor Hadrian
Hadrian
visited Londinium
Londinium
in 122. Excavations have discovered evidence of a major fire that destroyed most of the city shortly thereafter, but the city was again rebuilt. By the second half of the 2nd century, Londinium
Londinium
appears to have shrunk in both size and population.

Although Londinium
Londinium
remained important for the rest of the Roman period, no further expansion resulted. Londinium
Londinium
supported a smaller but stable settlement population as archaeologists have found that much of the city after this date was covered in dark earth - the by-product of urban household waste, manure, ceramic tile, and non-farm debris of settlement occupation, which accumulated relatively undisturbed for centuries. Sometime between 190 and 225, the Romans built a defensive wall around the landward side of the city. Along with Hadrian\'s Wall and the road network , this wall was one of the largest construction projects carried out in Roman Britain. The London Wall survived for another 1,600 years and broadly defined the perimeter of the old City of London
City of London
.

PART OF A SERIES ON THE

HISTORY OF LONDON

* Roman London * Anglo-Saxon London * Norman and Medieval London * Tudor London * Stuart London * 18th-century London * 19th-century London * London
London
1900–39 * London
London
in World War II
World War II
* Modern London (from 1945) * London
London
in the 1960s

SEE ALSO

* Timeline

London
London
portal

* v * t * e

CONTENTS

* 1 Name * 2 Location * 3 Status

* 4 History

* 4.1 Founding * 4.2 Roads * 4.3 Boudica
Boudica
* 4.4 1st century * 4.5 Port * 4.6 2nd century * 4.7 London Wall * 4.8 3rd century * 4.9 Carausian Revolt * 4.10 4th century * 4.11 5th century

* 5 Demographics * 6 Excavation * 7 Displays * 8 See also * 9 Notes * 10 References * 11 Further reading * 12 External links

NAME

Main article: Etymology of London

The etymology of the name Londinium
Londinium
is unknown. Following Geoffrey of Monmouth 's pseudohistorical History of the Kings of Britain , it was long derived from an eponymous founder named Lud , son of Heli . There is no evidence such a figure ever existed. Instead, the Latin name was probably based on a native Brittonic placename reconstructed as *Londinion. Morphologically, this points to a structure of two suffixes: -in-jo-. However, the Roman Londinium
Londinium
was not the immediate source of English "London" ( Old English
Old English
: Lunden), as i-mutation would have caused the name to have been Lyndon. This suggests an alternative Brittonic form Londonion; alternatively, the local pronunciation in British Latin may have changed the pronunciation of Londinium
Londinium
to Lundeiniu or Lundein, which would also have avoided i-mutation in Old English. The list of the 28 Cities of Britain included in the 9th-century History of the Britons precisely notes London
London
in Old Welsh as Cair Lundem or Lundein.

LOCATION

A map of Roman Britain
Roman Britain

The site guarded the Romans' bridgehead on the north bank of the Thames and a major road nexus . It centered on Cornhill and the River Walbrook , but expanded west to Ludgate Hill and east to Tower Hill . Just prior to the Roman conquest, the area had been contested by the Catuvellauni based to its west and the Trinovantes based to its east; it bordered the realm of the Cantiaci on the south bank of the Thames.

The Roman city ultimately covered at least the area of the City of London
London
, whose boundaries are largely defined by its former wall . Londinium's waterfront on the Thames ran from around Ludgate Hill in the west to the present site of the Tower in the east, around 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi). The northern wall reached Bishopsgate
Bishopsgate
and Cripplegate near the Museum of London , a course now marked by the street " London
London
Wall". Cemeteries and suburbs existed outside the city proper. A round temple has been located west of the city, although its dedication remains unclear. Substantial suburbs existed at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Westminster
Westminster
and around the southern end of the Thames bridge in Southwark
Southwark
, where inscriptions suggest a temple of Isis
Isis
was located.

STATUS

The status of Londinium
Londinium
is uncertain. It seems to have been founded as a mere vicus and remained as such even after its recovery from Boudica\'s revolt . Ptolemy
Ptolemy
lists it as one of the cities of the Cantiacs , but Durovernum (Roman Canterbury
Canterbury
) was their tribal capital (civitas). Starting as a small fort guarding the northern end of the new bridge across the River Thames, Londinium
Londinium
grew to become an important port for trade between Britain and the Roman provinces on the continent. The initial lack of private Roman villas (plentiful elsewhere) suggests military or even Imperial ownership. Tacitus
Tacitus
wrote that, at the time of the uprising of Boudica
Boudica
, "Londinium... though undistinguished by the name of 'colony ', was much frequented by a number of merchants and trading vessels." Depending on the time of its creation, the modesty of Londonium's first forum may have reflected its early elevation to city (municipium) status or may have reflected an administrative concession to a low-ranking but major Romano-British
Romano-British
settlement. It had almost certainly been granted colony (colonia) status prior to the complete replanning of the city's street plan attending the erection of the great second forum around the year 120.

By this time, Britain's provincial administration had also almost certainly been moved to Londinium
Londinium
from Camulodunum ( Colchester
Colchester
in Essex
Essex
). The precise date of this change is unknown and no surviving source explicitly states that Londinium
Londinium
was "the capital of Britain" but there are several strong indications of this status: 2nd-century roofing tiles have been found marked by the "Procurator " or "Publican of the Province of Britain at Londinium", the remains of a governor 's palace and tombstones belonging to the governor's staff have been discovered, and the city was well defended and armed, with a new military camp erected at the beginning of the 2nd century, despite being far from any frontier. Despite some corruption to the text, the list of bishops for the 314 Council of Arles indicates that either Restitutus or Adelphius came from Londinium. The city seems to have been the seat of the diocesan vicar and one of the provincial governors following the Diocletian Reforms around the year 300; it had been renamed AUGUSTA—a common epithet of provincial capitals—by 368.

HISTORY

FOUNDING

See also: Roman conquest of Britain

Prior to the arrival of the Roman legions , the area was almost certainly lightly rolling open countryside traversed by numerous streams now underground . No major Celtic settlement has been found at the site, but the city's Latin
Latin
name now seems to have derived from an originally Brittonic one and artifacts have been found showing that the hills of the London
London
were frequented if not inhabited by small villages.

Londinium
Londinium
grew up around the point on the River Thames
River Thames
narrow enough for the construction of a Roman bridge
Roman bridge
but still deep enough to handle the era's seagoing ships. Its placement on the Tideway permitted easier access for ships sailing upstream against the current. The remains of a massive pier base for such a bridge were found in 1981 close by the modern London Bridge . Some Claudian -era camp ditches have been discovered, but archaeological excavations undertaken since the 1970s by the Department of Urban Archaeology at the Museum of London
London
(now MOLAS ) have suggested the early settlement was largely the product of private enterprise . A timber drain by the side of the main Roman road
Roman road
excavated at No 1 Poultry has been dated by dendrochronology to AD 47, which is likely to be the foundation date.

Following its foundation in the mid-1st century, early Roman London occupied a relatively small area, about 350 acres (1.4 km2) or roughly the area of present-day Hyde Park . Archaeologists have uncovered numerous goods imported from across the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
in this period, suggesting that early Roman London
London
was a highly cosmopolitan community of merchants from across the Empire and that local markets existed for such objects.

ROADS

Main article: Roman roads in Britain A map of the known Roman road network , highlighting the routes included in the Antonine Itinerary

Of the fifteen British routes recorded in the 2nd- or 3rd-century Antonine Itinerary
Antonine Itinerary
, seven ran to or from Londinium. Most of these have been shown to have been initially constructed near time of the city's foundation around AD 47. The roads are now known by Welsh or Old English
Old English
names, as their original Roman names have been entirely lost due to the lack of written and inscribed sources. (It was customary elsewhere to name roads after the emperor during whose principate they were completed, but the number and vicinity of routes completed during the time of Claudius
Claudius
would seem to have made this impractical in Britain's case.)

The road from the Kentish ports of Rutupiae ( Richborough ), Dubris ( Dover ), and Lemanis ( Lympne ) via Durovernum ( Canterbury
Canterbury
) seems to have first crossed the Thames at a natural ford near Westminster before being diverted north to the new bridge at London. The Romans enabled the road to cross the marshy terrain without subsidence by laying down substrates of one to three layers of oak logs. This route, now known as Watling Street , then passed through the town from the bridgehead in a straight line to reconnect with its northern extension towards Viroconium ( Wroxeter ) and the legionary base at Deva Victrix
Deva Victrix
( Chester
Chester
). The Great Road ran northeast across Old Ford to Camulodunum ( Colchester
Colchester
) and thence northeast along Pye Road to Venta Icenorum ( Caistor St Edmund ). Ermine Street ran north from the city to Lindum (Lincoln ) and Eboracum
Eboracum
( York
York
). The Devil\'s Highway connected Londinium
Londinium
to Calleva ( Silchester ) and its roads to points west over the bridges near modern Staines . A minor road led southwest to the city's main cemetery and the old routes to the ford at Westminster. Stane Street to Noviomagus ( Chichester ) did not reach Londinium
Londinium
proper but ran from the bridgehead in the southern suburb at Southwark
Southwark
. These roads varied from 12–20 m (39–66 ft) wide.

After its reconstruction in the AD 60s , the streets within Londinium itself largely adhered to a grid. By analogy with Roman forts , the main east-west street is now generally called the Via Decumana ("Tenth Cohort Way"), while the main north-south street (interrupted by the forum north of its intersection with the Via Decumana) is known as the Via Principalis ("Headquarters Way"). These names would not have been used for the civilian settlement at the time. The main streets were 9–10 m (30–33 ft) wide, while side streets were usually about 5 m (16 ft) wide.

BOUDICA

Main article: Boudica\'s Revolt The rediscovery of Tacitus\'s works revived English interest in Boudica
Boudica
, particularly during the 19th century , when she was used as a symbol for Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
and the British Empire
British Empire
. ( Boadicea and Her Daughters by Thomas Thornycroft , 1860s, cast by his son in 1902.)

In the year 60 or 61, a little more than ten years after Londinium was founded, the king of the Iceni
Iceni
died. He had possibly been installed by the Romans after the Iceni
Iceni
's failed revolt against P. Ostorius Scapula 's disarmament of the allied tribes in AD 47 or may have assisted the Romans against his tribesmen during that revolt. His will had divided his wealth and lands between Rome and his two daughters, but Roman law
Roman law
forbade female inheritance and it had become common practice to treat allied kingdoms as life estates that were annexed upon the ruler's death, as had occurred in Bithynia
Bithynia
and Galatia
Galatia
. Roman financiers including Seneca called in all the king's outstanding loans at once and the provincial procurator confiscated the property of both the king and his nobles. Tacitus
Tacitus
records that, when the king's wife Boudicca objected, the Romans flogged her, raped her two daughters, and enslaved their nobles and kinsmen. Boudica then led a failed revolt against Roman rule.

200 ill-equipped men were sent to defend the provincial capital and Roman colony at Camulodunum, probably from the garrison at Londinium. The Iceni
Iceni
and their allies overwhelmed them and razed the city. The 9th Legion under Q. Petillius Cerialis , coming south from the Fosse Way , was ambushed and annihilated . The procurator , meanwhile, escaped with his treasure to Gaul , probably via Londinium. G. Suetonius Paulinus had been leading the 14th and 20th Legions in the invasion of Anglesey now known as the Menai massacre ; hearing of the rising, he immediately returned along Watling Street with the legions' cavalry. The first historical record of London
London
appears in Tacitus
Tacitus
's account of his actions upon arriving and finding the state of the 9th Legion:

At first, hesitated as to whether to stand and fight there. Eventually, his numerical inferiority—and the price only too clearly paid by the divisional commander 's rashness—decided him to sacrifice the single city of Londinium
Londinium
to save the province as a whole. Unmoved by lamentations and appeals, Suetonius gave the signal for departure. The inhabitants were allowed to accompany him. But those who stayed because they were women, or old, or attached to the place, were slaughtered by the enemy.

Excavation has revealed extensive evidence of destruction by fire in the form of a layer of red ash beneath the city at this date. Suetonius then returned to the legions' slower infantry, who met and defeated the British army, slaughtering as many as 70,000 men and camp followers. There is a long-standing folklore belief that this battle took place at King’s Cross , simply because as a mediaeval village it was known as Battle Bridge. Suetonius's flight back to his men, the razing of Verulamium ( St Albans
St Albans
), and the battle shortly thereafter at "a place with narrow jaws, backed by a forest", speaks against the tradition and no supporting archaeological evidence has been yet discovered.

1ST CENTURY

A model of London
London
in 85–90 on display in the Museum of London , depicting the first bridge over the Thames

After being sacked, the city was rebuilt as a planned Roman town , its streets generally adhering to a grid skewed by major roads passing from the bridgehead and by changes in alignment produced by crossings over the local streams. It recovered after about a decade. A fortified enclosure was erected at Plantation Place on Cornhill . The first forum was constructed in the 70s or 80s and has been excavated, showing it had an open courtyard with a basilica and several shops around it, altogether measuring about 100 m × 50 m (330 ft × 160 ft). The basilica would have functioned as the city's administrative heart, hearing law cases and seating the town's local senate. It formed the north side of the forum, whose south entrance was located along the north side of the intersection of the present Gracechurch , Lombard , and Fenchurch Streets . Forums elsewhere typically had a civic temple constructed within the enclosed market area; British sites usually did not, instead placing a smaller shrine for Roman services somewhere within the basilica. The first forum in Londinium seems to have had a full temple, but placed outside just west of the forum.

During the later decades of the 1st century, Londinium
Londinium
expanded rapidly and quickly became Roman Britain's largest city, although most of its houses continued to be made of wood. By the turn of the century, Londinium
Londinium
was perhaps as large as 60,000 people, and had replaced Camulodunum (Colchester) as the provincial capital. A large building discovered near Cannon Street Station
Cannon Street Station
has had its foundation dated to this era and is assumed to have been the gubernatorial palace (praetorium); it boasted a garden, pools, and several large halls, some of which were decorated with mosaic floors . It was located on the east bank of the now-covered River Walbrook near its entrance to the Thames. Part of the structure, perhaps a portion the main entrance, is speculated to be the origin of the London Stone . Another site dating to this era is the bathhouse (thermae) at Huggin Hill , which remained in use prior to its demolition around the year 200. Brothels were legal but taxed.

PORT

A diagram of the Roman structures from the port of Londinium (c. AD 100) excavated along the bank of the Thames.

The bulk of the Roman port was quickly rebuilt after Boudicca's rebellion when the waterfront was extended with gravel to permit a sturdy wharf to be built perpendicular to the shore. The port was built in four sections, starting upstream of the London Bridge and working down towards the Walbrook at the center of Londinium. Expansion of the flourishing port continued into the 3rd century. Scraps of armour , leather straps, and military stamps on building timbers suggest that the site was constructed by the city's legionaries . Major imports included fine pottery , jewelry, and wine . Only two large warehouses are known, implying that Londinium functioned as a bustling trade center rather than a supply depot and distribution center like Ostia near Rome .

2ND CENTURY

A bronze head of Hadrian
Hadrian
found in London
London
( British Museum
British Museum
)

Emperor Hadrian
Hadrian
visited in 122. The impressive public buildings from around this period may have been initially constructed in preparation for his visit or during the rebuilding that followed the "Hadrianic Fire". This fire, which archaeologists have discovered destroyed much of the city, is not recorded by any surviving source and seems to have occurred in a time of relative calm in Britain; for those reasons, it is generally assumed to have been accidental. A model of the expanded forum at the Museum of London Stela mentioning the Londoners

During the early 2nd century, Londinium
Londinium
was at its height. London recovered from the fire and again had between 45,000 and 60,000 inhabitants around the year 140, with many more stone houses and public buildings erected. Some areas were tightly packed with townhouses (domi). The town had piped water and a "fairly-sophisticated" drainage system. The gubernatorial palace was rebuilt and an expanded forum was built around the earlier one over a period of 30 years from around 90 to 120 into an almost perfect square measuring 168 m × 167 m (551 ft × 548 ft). Its three-storey basilica was likely visible across the city and largest in the empire north of the Alps
Alps
; the marketplace itself rivaled those in Rome and was the largest in the north before the Augusta Treverorum
Augusta Treverorum
( Trier
Trier
, Germany) became an imperial capital. The city's temple of Jupiter was renovated, public and private bathhouses were erected, and a fort (arx ) was erected around the year 120 that maintained the city garrison northwest of town. The fort was a square (with small rounded corners) measuring more than 200 m × 200 m (660 ft × 660 ft) and covering more than 12 acres (4.9 ha). Each side had a central gatehouse and stone towers were erected at the corners and at points along each wall. The city's amphitheatre has also been discovered under and beside the modern Guildhall ; its gladiatorial games would have been free of charge. The large port complex on both banks near the modern London Bridge was discovered during the 1980s. Near modern Tabard Square (Southwalk) was excavated a temple complex with two Romano-British
Romano-British
temples. A large house might be a guesthouse. In the temple complex was discovered a marble slab with a dedication to the god Mars. The inscription also mentions the Londoners. Indeed it is so far the earliest reference naming the people of London. A Roman mosaic floor from Londinium
Londinium
( British Museum
British Museum
)

By the second half of the 2nd century, Londinium
Londinium
had many large, well-equipped stone buildings, some of which were richly adorned with wall paintings and floor mosaics , and had subfloor hypocausts . The Roman house at Billingsgate was built next to the waterfront and had its own bath. In addition to such structures reducing the city's building density, however, Londinium
Londinium
also seems to have shrunk in both size and population in the second half of the 2nd century. The cause is uncertain but plague is considered likely, as the Antonine Plague is recorded decimating other areas of Western Europe between 165 and 190. The end of imperial expansion in Britain after Hadrian's decision to build his wall may have also damaged the city's economy. Although Londinium
Londinium
remained important for the rest of the Roman period, no further expansion occurred. Londinium
Londinium
remained well populated as archaeologists have found that much of the city after this date was covered in dark earth , one that accumulated relatively undisturbed for centuries.

LONDON WALL

Main article: London Wall A surviving fragment of the London Wall behind Tower Hill Station (2005)

Some time between 190 and 225, the Romans built the London Wall , a defensive ragstone wall around the landward side of the city. Along with Hadrian\'s Wall and the road network , the London Wall was one of the largest construction projects carried out in Roman Britain. The wall was originally about 5 km (3 mi) long, 6 m (20 ft) high, and 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) thick. Its dry moat (fossa) was about 2 m (6 ft 7 in) deep and 3–5 m (9.8–16.4 ft) wide. In the 19th century, Smith estimated its length from the Tower west to Ludgate at about one mile (1.6 km) and its breadth from the northern wall to the bank of the Thames at around half that.

In addition to small pedestrian postern gates like the one by Tower Hill , it had four main gates: Bishopsgate
Bishopsgate
and Aldgate
Aldgate
in the northeast at the roads to Eboracum
Eboracum
( York
York
) and to Camulodunum ( Colchester
Colchester
) and Newgate
Newgate
and Ludgate in the west along at the road that divided for travel to Viroconium ( Wroxeter ) and to Calleva ( Silchester ) and at another road that ran along the Thames to the city's main cemetery and the old ford at Westminster
Westminster
. The wall partially utilized the army's existing fort, strengthening its outer wall with a second course of stone to match the rest of the course. The fort had two gates of its own— Cripplegate to the north and another to the west—but these were not along major roads. Aldersgate
Aldersgate
was eventually added, perhaps to replace the west gate of the fort. (The names of all these gates are medieval, as they continued to be occasionally refurbished and replaced until their demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries to permit widening the roads.) The wall initially left the riverbank undefended: this was corrected in the 3rd century .

Although the exact reason for the wall's construction is unknown, some historians have connected it with the Pictish invasion of the 180s. Others link it with Clodius Albinus , the British governor who attempted to usurp Septimius Severus in the 190s. The wall survived another 1,600 years and still roughly defines the City of London
City of London
's perimeter.

3RD CENTURY

Ulpius Silvanus's Tauroctony depicting Mithras killing the bull , discovered in the ruins of the London Mithraeum .

Septimius Severus defeated Albinus in 197 and shortly afterwards divided the province of Britain into Upper and Lower halves, with the former controlled by a new governor in Eboracum
Eboracum
( York
York
). Despite the smaller administrative area, the economic stimulus provided by the Wall and by Septimius Severus's campaigns in Caledonia somewhat revived London's fortunes in the early 3rd century. The northwest fort was abandoned and dismantled but archaeological evidence points to renewed construction activity from this period. The London
London
Mithraeum rediscovered in 1954 dates from around 240, when it was erected on the east bank at the head of navigation on the now-covered River Walbrook about 200 m (660 ft) from the Thames. From about 255 onwards, raiding by Saxon pirates led to the construction of a riverside wall as well. It ran roughly along the course of present-day Thames Street , which then roughly formed the shoreline. Large collapsed sections of this wall were excavated at Blackfriars and the Tower in the 1970s.

CARAUSIAN REVOLT

Main article: Carausian Revolt A Carausian coin from his mint at Londinium. The " Trier
Trier
medallion" showing a woman kneeling in front of a Roman soldier at the city walls, thanking him for bringing Allectus 's rule to an end

In 286, the emperor Maximian issued a death sentence against Carausius
Carausius
, admiral of the Roman navy 's Britannic fleet (Classis Britannica), on charges of having abetted Frankish and Saxon piracy and of having embezzled recovered treasure. Carausius
Carausius
responded by consolidating his allies and territory and revolting. After fending off Maximian's first assault in 288, he declared a new Britannic Empire and issued coins to that effect. Constantius Chlorus 's sack of his Gallic base at Gesoriacum (Boulogne ), however, led his treasurer Allectus to assassinate and replace him. In 296, Chlorus mounted an invasion of Britain that prompted Allectus's Frankish mercenaries to sack Londinium. They were only stopped by the arrival of a flotilla of Roman warships on the Thames, which slaughtered the survivors. The event was commemorated by the golden " Trier
Trier
Medallion", Chlorus on one side and, on the other, a woman kneeling at the city wall welcoming a mounted Roman soldier. Another memorial to the return of Londinium
Londinium
to Roman control was the construction of a new set of forum baths around the year 300. The structures were modest enough that they were previously identified as parts of the forum and market but are now recognized as elaborate and luxurious baths including a frigidarium with two southern pools and an eastern swimming pool .

4TH CENTURY

See also: Celtic Christianity and Bishops of Londinium

Following the revolt, the Diocletian Reforms saw the British administration restructured. Londinium
Londinium
is universally supposed to have been the capital of one of them, but it remains unclear where the new provinces were, whether there were initially three or four in total, and whether Valentia represented a fifth province or a renaming of an older one. In the 12th century, Gerald of Wales listed "Londonia" as the capital of Flavia , having had Britannia Prima ( Wales
Wales
) and Secunda ( Kent
Kent
) severed from the territory of Upper Britain . Modern scholars more often list Londinium
Londinium
as the capital of Maxima Caesariensis on the assumption that the presence of the diocesan vicar in London
London
would have required its provincial governor to outrank the others.

The gubernatorial palace and old large forum seem to have fallen out of use around 300, but in general the first half of the 4th century appears to have been a prosperous time for Britain, for the villa estates surrounding London
London
appear to have flourished during this period. The London Mithraeum was rededicated, probably to Bacchus . A list of the 16 "archbishops" of London
London
was recorded by Jocelyne of Furness in the 12th century, claiming the city's Christian community was founded in the 2nd century under the legendary King Lucius and his missionary saints Fagan , Deruvian , Elvanus , and Medwin . None of that is considered credible by modern historians but, although the surviving text is problematic, either Bishop Restitutus or Adelphius at the 314 Council of Arles seems to have come from Londinium. The location of Londinium's original cathedral is uncertain. The present structure of St Peter upon Cornhill was designed by Christopher Wren following the Great Fire in 1666 but it stands upon the highest point in the area of old Londinium
Londinium
and medieval legends tied it to the city's earliest Christian community. In 1995, however, a large and ornate 4th-century building on Tower Hill was discovered: built sometime between 350 and 400, it seems to have mimicked St Ambrose 's cathedral in the imperial capital at Milan
Milan
on a still-larger scale. It was about 100 m (330 ft) long by about 50 m (160 ft) wide. Excavations by David Sankey of MOLAS established it was constructed out of stone taken from other buildings, including a veneer of black marble. It was probably dedicated to St Paul.

From 340 onwards, northern Britain was repeatedly attacked by Picts and Gaels . In 360, a large-scale attack forced the emperor Julian the Apostate to send troops to deal with the problem. Large efforts were made to improve Londinium's defenses around the same time. At least 22 semi-circular towers were added to the city walls to provide platforms for ballistae and the present state of the river wall suggested hurried repair work around this time. In 367, the Great Conspiracy saw a coördinated invasion of Picts, Gaels, and Saxons
Saxons
joined with a mutiny of troops along the Wall . Count Theodosius dealt with the problem over the next few years, using Londinium—then known as "Augusta"—as his base. It may have been at this point that one of the existing provinces was renamed Valentia , although the account of Theodosius's actions describes it as a province recovered from the enemy.

In 382, Magnus Maximus organized all of the British-based troops and attempted to establish himself as emperor over the west . The event was obviously important to the Britons, as "Macsen Wledig" would remain a major figure in Welsh folklore and several medieval Welsh dynasties claimed descent from him. He was probably responsible for London's new church in the 370s or 380s. He was initially successful but was defeated by Theodosius I
Theodosius I
at the 388 Battle of the Save . A new stretch of the river wall near Tower Hill seems to have been built further from the shore at some point over the next decade.

5TH CENTURY

See also: Sub- Roman Britain
Roman Britain
, Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain , Lundenwic , and Lundenburh Roman Britain
Roman Britain
around AD 410 , without speculative provincial borders.

With few troops left in Britain, many Romano-British towns—including Londinium—declined drastically over the next few decades. Many of London's public buildings had fallen into disrepair by this point, and excavations of the port show signs of rapid disuse. Between 407 and 409, large numbers of barbarians overran Gaul and Hispania , seriously weakening communication between Rome and Britain. Trade broke down. Officials went unpaid and Romano-British
Romano-British
troops elected their own leaders. Constantine III declared himself emperor over the west and crossed the Channel , an act considered the Roman withdrawal from Britain since the emperor Honorius subsequently directed the Britons to look to their own defence rather than send another garrison force. Surviving accounts are scanty and mixed with Welsh and Saxon legends concerning Vortigern
Vortigern
, Hengest, Horsa , and Ambrosius Aurelianus . Even archaeological evidence of Londinium during this period is minimal.

Despite remaining on the list of Roman provinces, Romano-Britain seem to have dropped their remaining loyalties to Rome. Raiding by the Irish , Picts, and Saxons
Saxons
continued but Gildas records a time of luxury and plenty which is sometimes attributed to reduced taxation. Archaeologists have found evidence that a small number of wealthy families continued to maintain a Roman lifestyle until the middle of the 5th century, inhabiting villas in the southeastern corner of the city. Medieval accounts state that the invasions that established Anglo-Saxon England (the Adventus Saxonum) did not begin in earnest until some time in the 440s and 450s. Bede
Bede
recorded that the Britons fled to Londinium
Londinium
in terror after their defeat at the Battle of Crecganford (probably Crayford ), but nothing further is said. By the end of the 5th century, the city was largely an uninhabited ruin, its large church on Tower Hill burnt to the ground.

Over the next century, Angles
Angles
, Saxons
Saxons
, Jutes
Jutes
, and Frisians arrived and established tribal areas and kingdoms. The area of the Roman city was administered as part of the Kingdom of the East Saxons
Saxons
- Essex, although the Saxon settlement of Lundenwic was not within the Roman walls but to the west in Aldwych . It was not until the Viking invasions of England that King Alfred the Great
Alfred the Great
moved the settlement back within the safety of the Roman walls, which gave it the name Lundenburh . The foundations of the river wall, however, were undermined over time and had completely collapsed by the 11th century. Memory of the earlier settlement survived: it is generally identified as the CAIR LUNDEM counted among the 28 cities of Britain included in the History of the Britons traditionally attributed to Nennius .

DEMOGRAPHICS

The capital city of Londinium
Londinium
is estimated to have had a population of about 60,000 people. Londonium was an ethnically diverse city with inhabitants from across the Roman Empire, including natives of Britannia, continental Europe , the Middle East
Middle East
, and North Africa
North Africa
.

EXCAVATION

See also: Museum of London and Museum of London Archaeology A Romano-Celtic temple being excavated at 56 Gresham Street .

Many ruins remain buried beneath London, although understanding them can be difficult. Owing to London's own geology , which consists of a Taplow Terrace deep bed of brickearth, sand, and gravel over clay , Roman gravel roads can only be identified as such if they were repeatedly relayered or if the spans of gravel can be traced across several sites. The minimal remains from wooden structures are easy to miss and stone buildings may leave foundations, but—as with the great forum —they were often dismantled for stone during the Middle Ages and early modern period. The known floorplan of the presumed "governor\'s palace ". The Roman wall at St Alphege Gardens

The first extensive archaeological review of the Roman city of London was done in the 17th century after the Great Fire of 1666. Christopher Wren 's renovation of St Paul\'s on Ludgate Hill found no evidence supporting Camden 's contention that it had been built over a Roman temple to the goddess Diana . The extensive rebuilding of London
London
in the 19th century and following the German bombing campaign during World War II
World War II
also allowed for large parts of old London
London
to be recorded and preserved while modern updates were made. The construction of the London Coal Exchange led to the discovery of the Roman house at Billingsgate in 1848. In the 1860s, excavations by General Rivers uncovered a large number of human skulls and almost no other bones in the bed of the Walbrook . The discovery recalls a passage in Geoffrey of Monmouth 's pseudohistorical History of the Kings of Britain where Asclepiodotus besieged the last remnants of the usurper Allectus 's army at "Londonia". Having battered the town's walls with siegeworks constructed by allied Britons, Asclepiodotus accepted the commander 's surrender only to have the Venedotians rush upon them, ritually decapitating them and throwing the heads into the river "Gallemborne". Asclepiodotus's siege was an actual event that occurred in AD 296, but further skull finds beneath the 3rd-century wall place at least some of the slaughter before its construction, leading most modern scholars to attribute them to Boudica\'s forces . In 1947, the city's northwest fortress of the city garrison was discovered. In 1954, excavations of what was thought to have been an early church instead revealed the London Mithraeum , which was relocated to permit building over its original site. (The building erected at the time has since been demolished, and plans to return the temple to its former location are under way.) Archaeologists began the first intensive excavation of the waterfront sites of Roman London
London
in the 1970s. What was not found during this time has been built over making it very difficult to study or discover anything new. Another phase of archaeological work followed the deregulation of the London
London
Stock Exchange in 1986, which led to extensive new construction in the City's financial district. From 1991, many excavations were undertaken by the Museum of London 's Archaeology Service , although it was spun off into the separately-run MOLA in 2011 following legislation to address the Rose Theatre fiasco.

DISPLAYS

A reconstructed Roman kitchen (culina) at the Museum of London (2014)

Major finds from Roman London, including mosaics, wall fragments, and old buildings were formerly housed in the London
London
and Guildhall Museums . These merged after 1965 into the present Museum of London near the Barbican Centre . Museum of London Docklands , a separate branch dealing with the history of London's ports , opened on the Isle of Dogs in 2003. Other finds from Roman London
London
continue to be held by the British Museum
British Museum
.

Much of the surviving wall is medieval, but Roman-era stretches are visible near Tower Hill Station , in a hotel courtyard at 8–10 Coopers Row, and in St Alphege Gardens off Wood Street. A section of the river wall is visible inside the Tower . Parts of the amphitheatre are on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery . The southwestern tower of the Roman fort northwest of town can still be seen at Noble Street. Occasionally, Roman sites are incorporated into the foundations of new buildings for future study, but these are not generally available to the public.

SEE ALSO

* Ancient Rome portal * London
London
portal

* History of London * Anglo-Saxon London * Elizabethan London

NOTES

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Westminster
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FURTHER READING

* John Timbs (1867), "Roman London", Curiosities of London
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(2nd ed.), J.C. Hotten, OCLC
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12878129

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