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Up bright & early for today's stroll through the capital: a tour of Roman London. We shall walk the line of the city walls, and then visit the sites of its vanished monuments. (The archaeological sites, alas, will be shut, but there is always the imagination...) #Londinium
London, unlike most provincial capitals, was a purely Roman foundation. It emerged as it did for the same reason it has always been the greatest city in Britain whenever the southern lowlands are under a unitary authority: it is where the Thames is both navigable & bridgeable.
What did Londinium look like? This is the only known Roman portrayal of the city: a celebration of the recapture of Britain from rebel warlords by Constantius Chlorus, father of Constantine the Great. We know it's London because the letters LON appear below the kneeling figure.
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Been watching season 3 of #TheCrown?
Despite 2000 years of stone construction, #London has no indigenous building stone. Its geology is sand, gravel and clay. Stone has been imported since #Roman times along the #RiverThames to build that amazing city.
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To build #Londinium (starting in 47 AD), Romans imported stone from many places in #England and from as far away as #Egypt, #Greece and #Italy. Part of the Roman defensive wall is still visible and many buildings have been uncovered (amphitheatre, forum, bath houses, etc)
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Medieval #London had narrow streets and timber-framed, thatch houses so the #GreatFireofLondon destroyed much of it in 1666. Legislation afterward required stone or brick construction to prevent future fires. #Halifax NS passed a similar bylaw in 1857 after several fires.
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