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The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier

The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier

by Alistair Moffat
The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier

The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier

by Alistair Moffat


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Hadrian’s Wall is the largest, most spectacular and one of the most enigmatic historical monument in Britain. Nothing else approaches its vast scale: a land wall running 73 miles from east to west and a sea wall stretching at least 26 miles down the Cumbrian coast. Many of its forts are as large as Britain’s most formidable medieval castles, and the wide ditch dug to the south of the Wall, the vallum, is larger than any surviving prehistoric earthwork. Built in a ten-year period by more than 30,000 soldiers and labourers at the behest of an extraordinary emperor, the Wall consisted of more than 24 million stones, giving it a mass greater than all the Egyptian pyramids put together. At least a million people visit Hadrian’s Wall each year and it has been designated a World Heritage Site.

In this book, based on literary and historical sources as well as the latest archaeological research, Alistair Moffat considers who built the Wall, how it was built, why it was built and how it affected the native peoples who lived in its mighty shadow. The result is a unique and fascinating insight into one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780274553
Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
Publication date: 05/20/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 591,765
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the burgeoning Borders Book Festival as well as a production company based near Selkirk. He has written twelve books, including Kelsae, The Sea Kingdoms, and The Borders, all of which are published by Birlinn.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

List of Illustrations xi

Map xiii

Preface xv

1 Caesar, Claudius and the Elephants 1

2 Britannia Barbarica 31

3 The North Road 51

4 Dinner on the Stone Road 80

5 The Day the Empire Came 120

6 Let One Stone Stand Upon Another 134

7 Abandonment, Invasion and Desertion 179

8 After Britannia 235

9 After Hadrian 245

10 Days on the Wall 250

Appendix 1 Significant Roman Emperors During the Time of Britannia 257

Appendix 2 Significant Governors of Britannia 259

Bibliography 261

Index 263

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