Tacitus the Tourist!

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Roman London around AD 200.

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (56AD-120AD) was a senator and historian of the Roman Empire.

 

The Romans invaded Britannia in 43AD and quickly established Roman rule. They made their capital Camulodunum (modern day Colchester) and established other cities like Londinium (modern day London) and Verulamlium (modern day St Albans).

Today, you can normally tell a Roman town of city in Britain, as it would normally end in cester, chester or ceister. Also, Britain today (called Britannia in Roman times), is the area of England and Wales, as that’s the area the Romans conquered. Scotland and Ireland weren’t conquered by the Romans.

Tacitus visited Britannia in 94AD and noted several things:

About London the River Thames: ‘The concourse of merchants and the abundance of its provisions and that state of prosperity was due to the noble river on which is stood; without the Thames, London could not have existed’.

About the weather: ‘The sky is overcast with continual rain and cloud, but the cold is not severe’

Some things never change!

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