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The Rise and Fall of Roman London: it couldn’t happen again could it?

London is an ancient City: it was founded by the Romans, some 2,000 years ago. From humble beginnings in  about AD50, the small riverside-settlement grew to become the largest in the land, with a busy harbour, a massive civic centre (the Forum), an amphitheatre, public baths and many fine houses. But then the programme of major urban expansion stopped, and amazingly, by the end of the 5th century AD, the whole town was abandoned and the area became overgrown. The site would not be re-occupied for nearly 400 years.

In the seminar, we’ll discuss why the Roman town failed so spectacularly. Could history repeat itself: could London fail again?  What lessons we can learn from history to ensure that our modern London continues to proper? What can you do to ensure its future success?