Hadrian's Wall: A Life

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Oxford University Press, Oct 4, 2012 - History - 394 pages
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In Hadrian's Wall: A Life, Richard Hingley addresses the post-Roman history of this world-famous ancient monument. Constructed on the orders of the emperor Hadrian during the 120s AD, the Wall was maintained for almost three centuries before ceasing to operate as a Roman frontier during the fifth century. The scale and complexity of Hadrian's Wall makes it one of the most important ancient monuments in the British Isles. It is the most well-preserved of the frontier works that once defined the Roman Empire. While the Wall is famous as a Roman construct, its monumental physical structure did not suddenly cease to exist in the fifth century. This volume explores the after-life of Hadrian's Wall and considers the ways it has been imagined, represented, and researched from the sixth century to the internet. The sixteen chapters, illustrated with over 100 images, show the changing manner in which the Wall has been conceived and the significant role it has played in imagining the identity of the English, including its appropriation as symbolic boundary between England and Scotland. Hingley discusses the transforming political, cultural, and religious significance of the Wall during this entire period and addresses the ways in which scholars and artists have been inspired by the monument over the years.
  

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Contents

1 A Living Wall
1
2 Hadrians Wall
13
PICTS WALL
33
THE ROMAN WALL
89
HADRIANS WALL
201
Published Accounts of the Wall
337
Hadrians Wall A timeline
339
Bibliography
345
Index
375
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Richard Hingley is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Durham. He is author of a number of books that address the Roman empire and Roman Britain, including works on the character of the Roman empire and the significance of Roman models in modern society. He is Director of the Centre for Roman Culture at Durham University and was in charge of the 'Tales of the Frontier' project, a major initiative from which this book is derived.

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