London Quiz - Roman London (Questions)

Not long after the Romans settled in London, the city became a dominant one and one from which they ruled their province of Britannia. Life in Roman London was hard. The people worked long hours and worked every day of the week. It wasn’t all bad though - they certainly knew how to have fun when they did get some time off. At first Roman London was little more than a military base but over time the soldiers were just part of a mixed population of military and civilians with families, slaves and workers. Fortunately when they moved on, they left fascinating clues to their way of life. From these can work our how they dressed, what they typically ate how they liked to entertain themselves.

1. Who was the first Roman Emperor to set foot on British soil?
[ ] Emperor Hadrian
[ ] Emperor Caesar
[ ] Emperor Brutus
[ ] Emperor Penuginius
2. When did the Romans first build their settlement on the site of what we now call London?
[ ] 55 BC
[ ] 43 AD
[ ] 240 AD
[ ] 1940 AD
3. Roman London was inhabited for approximately how many years?
[ ] 20 years
[ ] 120 years
[ ] 400 years
[ ] 1,400 years
4. Which of the following did the Romans NOT build in London?
[ ] An aqueduct
[ ] A bridge
[ ] A fort
[ ] A basilica and forum
5. The remains of the Roman amphitheatre in London ... (finish the sentence)
[ ] have yet to be found
[ ] were on display until 1989
[ ] were completely destroyed by a WWII bomb
[ ] are still on display today in their original location
6. What was the Roman name for London?
[ ] Londinium
[ ] Londis
[ ] London
[ ] Londax
7. The Romans in London came mostly from where?
[ ] Scotland
[ ] France
[ ] Italy
[ ] Spain
8. The end of London’s inhabitation by the Romans was caused by what?
[ ] A devastating plague
[ ] The brutal slaughter of almost all of its citizens
[ ] A huge earthquake that forced them to flee back to the continent in a panic
[ ] Rome withdrawing military and financial support for its Provincia Britannia
9. Where were all the Roman bathhouses located in London?
[ ] In the City of London
[ ] In Westminster
[ ] In Greenwich
[ ] Along the Strand
10. Less than 20 years after it was founded, Roman London was burnt to the ground and almost wiped out by what?
[ ] A Celtic tribal queen
[ ] A dispute between its military leaders
[ ] A tidal wave
[ ] An exceptionally cold winter

 

London Quiz - Roman London (Answers)
1. Who was the first Roman Emperor to set foot on British soil?
[ ] Emperor Hadrian
[x] Emperor Caesar
[ ] Emperor Brutus
[ ] Emperor Penuginius
Caesar first came to Britain in the year 55 BC
2. When did the Romans first build their settlement on the site of what we now call London?
[ ] 55 BC
[x] 43 AD
[ ] 240 AD
[ ] 1940 AD
They first settled here following Emperor Claudius’ more-successful invasion in 43 AD
3. Roman London was inhabited for approximately how many years?
[ ] 20 years
[ ] 120 years
[x] 400 years
[ ] 1,400 years
The Romans are considered to have inhabited London until around 410 AD
4. Which of the following did the Romans NOT build in London?
[x] An aqueduct
[ ] A bridge
[ ] A fort
[ ] A basilica and forum
One of the reasons the Romans chose the site of this settlement was the plentiful supply of surface water from the many Thames tributaries - meaning they wouldn’t have to build aqueducts
5. The remains of the Roman amphitheatre in London ... (finish the sentence)
[ ] have yet to be found
[ ] were on display until 1989
[ ] were completely destroyed by a WWII bomb
[x] are still on display today in their original location
They are part of a permanent display in the Guildhall Art Gallery and entrance is free
6. What was the Roman name for London?
[x] Londinium
[ ] Londis
[ ] London
[ ] Londax
The city was later given different names by the Saxons and Vikings
7. The Romans in London came mostly from where?
[ ] Scotland
[x] France
[ ] Italy
[ ] Spain
The Roman settlers in London came mostly from the parts of the Roman Empire in areas we now call France and Spain
8. The end of London’s inhabitation by the Romans was caused by what?
[ ] A devastating plague
[ ] The brutal slaughter of almost all of its citizens
[ ] A huge earthquake that forced them to flee back to the continent in a panic
[x] Rome withdrawing military and financial support for its Provincia Britannia
There was no great fleeing of the city. The population gradually migrated to live in villages in the surrounding countryside as the city declined
9. Where were all the Roman bathhouses located in London?
[x] In the City of London
[ ] In Westminster
[ ] In Greenwich
[ ] Along the Strand
In Roman times the settlement did not stretch outside the City of London
10. Less than 20 years after it was founded, Roman London was burnt to the ground and almost wiped out by what?
[x] A Celtic tribal queen
[ ] A dispute between its military leaders
[ ] A tidal wave
[ ] An exceptionally cold winter
Boudicca, queen of the Iceni, led her troops to revolt against the Roman occupation in around AD 61