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Lecture: Roman London - cosmopolitan capital city?

This lecture will explore the similarities and differences in the social and political situation of London during the Roman period and London today. As a commercial port and home to the largest urban population in the British isles, London has been at the political and economic centre of England since the Norman conquest and of the United Kingdom since the eighteenth century. But is London’s dominant position inevitable? To what extent is this paralleled in the history of London in the Roman period? The historical (mostly documentary) evidence for the development of London from the first to fifth centuries AD, from native community to Roman colonia will be outlined and the changing role of the city in the political and economic life of the province(s) of Roman Britannia will be examined, including evidence for the social make-up of its population and their international connections.

Seminar: Fortunata: an immigrant to Roman London

This seminar comprises a case-study of the deed of transfer of ownership of the slave girl Fortunata that has been partially preserved on a wooden tablet discovered in the excavation at No 1 Poultry in the City of London in 1994. This tablet records the purchase of Fortunata, a native of the area of modern Normandy, by a servant of the imperial household. As well as analysing the tablet’s contents for what we can piece together of Fortunata’s own story, including the background to her involuntary arrival in the city, we will examine the text for what it can tell us more broadly about the variable status of slaves within Roman society and the location of wealth and power in Roman London.