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Level 5

5AACHI10 Roman London

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2018/9: Professor Hugh Bowden
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminar (weekly), 4 of which are museum or site visits
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment (provisional, subject to approval)

  • 40% individual thematic research portfolio (Mahara page; mid-term)
  • 45% group digital exhibition (Mahara collection; including individual Mahara page)
  • 15% participation

Reassessment (provisional, subject to approval): 

  • Reassessment for individual failure of group component: submission of individual page that relates meaningfully to the group component (pass/fail, to receive group mark)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

Roman London played an important part in the economy, administration and culture of the Roman province of Britain. Although much of the city’s Roman past is not now visible to the untrained eye, there is plenty for the curious and knowledgeable visitor to explore in the modern city. The financial centre of London, close to King’s, preserves the pattern of its Roman origins, and the rich resources of its museums provide access to sites and objects which have been discovered over the last hundred years or so. In this module students will develop an understanding of the social, economic, and religious life of this Roman city. They will be introduced to its topography, archaeology, and epigraphy through in-depth analysis of its material remains. There will be visits to sites including the London Amphitheatre and the London Mithraeum, and to the Museum of London and the British Museum.

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

  • D. Perring, Roman London (1991) – available online via EBL
  • Londinium: A New Map and Guide to Roman London (2011)
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