Hadrian's Wall

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Basic Books, Apr 10, 2018 - History - 192 pages
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From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a definitive history of Hadrian's Wall

Stretching eighty miles from coast to coast across northern England, Hadrian's Wall is the largest Roman artifact known today. It is commonly viewed as a defiant barrier, the end of the empire, a place where civilization stopped and barbarism began. In fact, the massive structure remains shrouded in mystery. Was the wall intended to keep out the Picts, who inhabited the North? Or was it merely a symbol of Roman power and wealth? What was life like for soldiers stationed along its expanse? How was the extraordinary structure built -- with what technology, skills, and materials?

In Hadrian's Wall, Adrian Goldsworthy embarks on a historical and archaeological investigation, sifting fact from legend while simultaneously situating the wall in the wider scene of Roman Britain. The result is a concise and enthralling history of a great architectural marvel of the ancient world.
 

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

While there is nothing particularly wrong with this book, once one has finished with it one wishes that there was more about the actual wall; this is mostly a distillation of Goldsworthy's admittedly great knowledge of the Roman army in Britain. Read full review

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User Review  - la2bkk - LibraryThing

While I am a big fan of Adrian Goldsworthy, this book disappointed me. The book was both brief, and at times lacked Goldsworthy's normally interesting and informative writing style. Particularly in ... Read full review

Contents

CHRONOLOGY
OUTPOST OF EMPIRE
THE MAN THE EMPEROR AND THE GRAND DESIGN
LEGIONS AND AUXILIA
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LIFE ON THE WALL
UNDERSTANDING THE EVIDENCE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
THE KNOWN AND PROBABLE GARRISONS OF THE FORTS ON HADRIANS WALL

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Adrian Goldsworthy received his DPhil in ancient history from Oxford and has taught at Cardiff University, King's College, and the University of Notre Dame in London. The author of numerous books, including Pax Romana, How Rome Fell, and Caesar, he lives in South Wales, UK.

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