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The Roman London Mithraeum (Temple of Mithras)

The Roman London Mithraeum (Temple of Mithras) was originally built in the early third century, circa 220-40, and abandoned in the fourth, when Christianity came to replace paganism throughout the Roman Empire, the remains only coming to light again during rebuilding after the Blitz. 244 more words

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The London Mithraeum (Temple of Mithras)

According to the temporary outdoor exhibition entitled “The Lost City of London” (yes, really), the recently-reconstructed  London Mithraeum in the basement of the Bloomberg building on Walbrook will be opening to the public later this autumn. 38 more words

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This Week in London - Open House London's 25th; the London Design Festival; the 'discovery' of Roman London; and, the story of the Scythians retold...

Open House London marks its 25th anniversary this weekend, with free entry into more than 800 of the city’s buildings. For the first time, every London borough is participating in the event which sees the doors… 498 more words


Londinium - Its Genesis

Over the last 50 years, I  have tried to learn several languages and though my French is passable and I once spoke reasonable Italian, “frustrated linguist” describes me well.  1,307 more words

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Let the Gladiator Games Begin!

Gladiators battle it out on Friday evening, August 25 in the Museum of London’s Guildhall Yard, the site of London’s only Roman amphitheatre.

This blood curdling (but not blood spilling) hour long reconstruction of the gladiator-style games once held in ancient Londinium will take place before an emperor, and the crowd will decide which warrior will get to walk free based on their performance. 55 more words


London A to Z Runs : R

R is for Respiratory Distress, although I toyed with the idea of Roman London or Red Lion pubs.  The theme comes from a post on… 340 more words

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Decoding Roman handwriting: interview with Roger Tomlin

I thought that followers of this blog might be interested in reading an article that appeared in the New Yorker a couple of days ago, featuring an interview with Oxford epigraphist Dr Roger Tomlin. 27 more words

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