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Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Museum of London

Roman London's First Voices

Dr Roger Tomlin


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Excavations have recently uncovered much evidence of Roman London, including fragments of 405 waxed stylus writing-tablets that can be dated to AD 50-90.

Roger Tomlin explains how he deciphered the tablets and what can be learned from them. They include the City's first financial document, dated 8 January 57; a contract for the transport of provisions from Verulamium (St Albans); business letters; complaints; and loans. 92 of London's earliest residents are named, including businessmen, merchants, brewers and soldiers.

This lecture was part of the City of London's 'Londinuim' that ran from 28th July to 29th October.

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Dr Tomlin is Editor of Roman Inscriptions of Britain and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.

© Photograph by Andy Chopping

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