Head of Roman God Mithras


It was the Romans who first built a city where London stands today, bridged the river Thames and constructed a road network to connect Londinium with the rest of the country.

From around AD50 to AD410 – a period as long as that which separates Queen Elizabeth I from our present Queen – this was the largest city in Britannia. Londinium was pre-eminent as a port, and goods were imported from all over the known world.

Our galleries contain hundreds of craft tools, pottery and glass vessels. Reconstructed rooms and models show how people lived, worked and were entertained. The marble sculptures from the Temple of Mithras are among the finest works of art ever found in Roman Britain.

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