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Title:
Hadrian's Wall / Adrian Goldsworthy.
ISBN:
9781541644427
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
xx, 169 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 20 cm
Contents:
Britannia: outpost of empire -- Hadrian: the man, the emperor, and the grand design -- Building and manning the wall: legions and auxilia -- Fresh minds: Antoninus Pius to Septimus Severus -- The anatomy of Hadrian's wall -- Forts and towns: soldiers and civilians -- Life on the wall -- How Hadrian's wall worked: understanding the evidence -- Changing times and the end of empire -- Visiting Hadrian's wall -- Appendix: The known and probable garrisons of the forts on Hadrian's wall.
Abstract:
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.--Publisher.
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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.


Author Notes


Adrian Goldsworthy is an award-winning historian of the classical world. He is the author of numerous books about ancient Rome, including Caesar , How Rome Fell , Pax Romana , and Augustus . Goldsworthy lives in South Wales.


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Library Journal Review

Hadrian's Wall has long been a subject of fascination for many, just as it has always been for Goldsworthy (Pax Romana). While the author has published a number of accessible books on Roman military history, he also writes fiction set around the wall. This book clearly grew from a personal desire to untangle how its purpose changed throughout periods of Roman Britain history and the daily lives of the people stationed there. Starting with several short chapters on Roman emperor Hadrian and his motivations for building the wall, the book then explores the structure's thematic elements, such as how it was built, its role in military strategy, and how gradually its importance fell away with the end of Roman Britain. Despite the brief but detailed archaeology and historiography, this slim volume is easy to follow, illustrated with Goldsworthy's own photographs of his visits to the Wall along with illustrations of how it might have looked while in use by soldiers who occupied it. VERDICT For those touring the wall or armchair travelers, this book will be an excellent guide and entertaining read for Roman military history fans.-Margaret Heller, Loyola Univ. Chicago Libs. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Chronologyp. vii
Introductionp. xi
1 Britannia: Outpost of Empirep. 1
2 Hadrian: The Man, the Emperor, and the Grand Designp. 15
3 Building and Manning the Wall: Legions and Auxiliap. 29
4 Fresh Minds: Antonius Pius to Septimius Severusp. 41
5 The Anatomy of Hadrian's Wallp. 57
6 Forts and Towns: Soldiers and Civiliansp. 73
7 Life on the Wallp. 87
8 How Hadrian's Wall Worked: Understanding the Evidencep. 109
9 Changing Times and the End of Empirep. 119
10 Visiting Hadrian's Wallp. 139
Acknowledgementsp. 143
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 145
Appendix: The Known and Probable Garrisons of the Forts on Hadrian's Wallp. 149
Creditsp. 153
Notesp. 155
Indexp. 159