Archaeology and history at the limit of Rome's empire
Author: Nick Hodgson
Publisher: The Crowood Press
Built around AD122, Hadrian's Wall was guarded by the Roman army for over three centuries and has left an indelible mark on the landscape of northern Britain. It was a wonder of the ancient world and is a World Heritage Site. Written by a leading archaeologist who has excavated widely on the Wall, this is an authoritative yet accessible treatment of the archaeological evidence. The book explains why the expansion of the Roman empire ground to a halt in remote northern Britain, how the Wall came to be built and the purpose it was intended to serve. It is not a guidebook to the remains, but an introduction to the Wall and the soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, who once peopled the abandoned ruins visited by tourists today. Contents include: Historical background to the Wall; How the Wall was built and its appearance on completion; The history of the Wall from Hadrian to the end of Roman Britain; The purpose of the Wall. This introduction to Hadrian's Wall, the most impressive and famous physical reminder of Britain's Roman past, will be of great interest to all students and keen amateurs of Roman history, archaeology and general history, and is profusely illustrated throughout with 60 colour and 30 black & white photographs and 10 Maps.
Author: William Dietrich
A fusion of Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire and the movie Braveheart; a novel of ancient warfare, lethal politics, and the final great clash of Roman and Celtic culture. For three centuries, the stone barrier we know as Hadrian's Wall shielded Roman Britain from the unconquered barbarians of the island's northern highlands. But when Valeria, a senator's daughter, is sent to the Wall for an arranged marriage to an aristocratic officer in 367 AD, her journey unleashes jealousy, passion and epic war. Valeria's new husband, Marcus, has supplanted the brutally efficient veteran soldier Galba as commander of the famed Petriana cavalry. Yet Galba insists on escorting the bride–to–be on her journey to the Wall. Is he submitting to duty? Or plotting revenge? And what is the mysterious past of the handsome barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus, who springs from ambush and who seems to know so much of hated Rome? As sharp as the edge of a spatha sword and as piercing as a Celtic arrow, Hadrian's Wall evokes a lost world of Roman ideals and barbaric romanticism.
Author: Robert Draper
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
The lifelong friendship between the two most famous citizens of Shepherdsville, East Texas--Sonny Hope, director of the local penitentiary, and Hadrian Coleman, the prison's most celebrated convict--is forever altered when Hadrian receives a governor's pardon, thanks to Sonny. 60,000 first printing. Tour.
The Roman Frontier in the 4th and 5th Centuries
Author: Rob Collins
There is no synthetic or comprehensive treatment of any late Roman frontier in the English language to date, despite the political and economic significance of the frontiers in the late antique period. Examining Hadrian's Wall and the Roman frontier of northern England from the fourth century into the Early Medieval period, this book investigates a late frontier in transition from an imperial border zone to incorporation into Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, using both archaeological and documentary evidence. With an emphasis on the late Roman occupation and Roman military, it places the frontier in the broader imperial context. In contrast to other works, Hadrian's Wall and the End of Empire challenges existing ideas of decline, collapse, and transformation in the Roman period, as well as its impact on local frontier communities. Author Rob Collins analyzes in detail the limitanei, the frontier soldiers of the late empire essential for the successful maintenance of the frontiers, and the relationship between imperial authorities and local frontier dynamics. Finally, the impact of the end of the Roman period in Britain is assessed, as well as the influence that the frontier had on the development of the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria.
Author: Richard Hingley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Richard Hingley addresses the post-Roman history of Hadrian's Wall, one of the most famous ancient monuments in Britain and the most well-preserved of the frontier works that once defined the boundaries of 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. Exploring the after-life of the Wall, the sixteen chapters, illustrated with over 100 images, show thechanging manner in which the monument has been conceived and the significant political, cultural, and religious role it has played over the years.
Author: Adrian Goldsworthy
Publisher: Basic Books
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 archeological 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: Peter R. Hill
Publisher: Tempus Pub Ltd
Hadrian's Wall was a small part of the thousands of miles of Roman frontiers, but presents the most magnificent spectacle. Its 90-mile length was conceived on a grand scale, with a stone wall 10 Roman feet thick and 15 high, and has been the subject of research for four centuries. There is, however, one aspect which has never been studied in detail: the practicalities of how it was actually built. This book examines every aspect of the work needed to construct the Wall, and analyses all the building operations including quarrying, stone dressing, transport and scaffolding. It is presented in a form accessible to the interested layman as well as to the student, and among other new conclusions throws light on the attitude of the Roman army to the work. Peter Hill served an apprenticeship as a stone mason at York Minster, including setting-out to full-size. After several years as Clerk of the Works at Lincoln Cathedral he has worked as an independent consultant, covering both the repair and conservation of historic buildings and the assessment of excavated masonry. His doctorate is on the construction of Hadrian's Wall, and in 2005 he was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Everyday Life on a Roman Frontier
Author: Patricia Southern
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
The building, military use and descent into ruin of the most important Roman frontier ever built.
Author: Bob Bibby
Hadrian's Wall stretches from coast to coast along what was once the border between England and Scotland. It is the only long distance walk in the world located exclusively within an UNESCO Heritage Site. The newly opened 84 mile (135km) trail inspired travel writer Bob Bibby to don his boots and explore the scenic and historical route.Walk along the path of the ancient Romans with Bob and learn about Hadrian – his power, passions and vices – and through this get a vivid picture and understanding of the Romans and their Empire.
Paintings by the Richardson Family
Author: David Breeze
Publisher: John Donald Publishers
Category: Fortification, Roman
Brothers Henry, Charles and Thomas Richardson painted nearly 80 views of Hadrian's Wall between 1838 and the 1880s. Most were created by Henry Burdon Richardson, who accompanied author John Collingwood Bruce on his tour of Hadrian's Wall in 1848. Only 17 were reproduced as engravings in Bruce's books; very few have ever been published as paintings. They form a valuable record of the Roman frontier as it was during an important stage in its history, before the advent of the modern world. New theories and interpretations were coming to light, as described in Bruce's first book The Roman Wall, published in 1851. John Clayton, town clerk of Newcastle upon Tyne, had begun buying land along the Wall, aiming to preserve the remains, creating in effect an archaeological park. The production of the Richardson paintings, Bruce's contribution to Wall studies and the achievement of John Clayton in conserving the Wall, are all explored, providing a fascinating background story. Over 70 of the Richardsons' paintings are published in the book, most with Bruce's original description and a commentary by the author.
Author: Anthony Burton,Great Britain. Natural England
Category: Hadrian's Wall Path (England)
Since it opened in 2003 Hadrian’s Wall Path has become one of Britain’s most popular long-distance paths. Its 84 miles are a convenient week’s walking, shadowing for the most part the historic line of Hadrian’s Wall in its spectacular progress across the superbly wild landscape of the north of England. Starting in what used to be Tyneside’s shipbuilding heart, and joining Newcastle in the east with Carlisle in the west, it takes you via the extraordinary Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads, close to handsome towns like Hexham and Corbridge, to finish on the lonely shores of the Solway Firth with views of Scotland. This is the official guide to this superb National Trail, published in conjunction with Natural England which administers the path and waymarks it with its familiar acorn signs. Comprehensive and engrossing, it is the only companion you need.
Author: Mark Richards
Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited
Category: Sports & Recreation
The essential guidebook to walking the 84-mile Hadrian's Wall Path. One of the UK's most visited National Trails, it runs the length of the Roman Wall from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend, Newcastle. Begun in AD122 and stretching from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth, Hadrian's Wall was a massive feat of engineering and is the best preserved frontier from the classical Roman Empire. Today it is a World Heritage Site, with iconic scenery and fascinating archaeological remains like Birdoswald, Housesteads and Vindolanda, giving a glimpse into Roman life and power. The trail is presented here in 10 stages, with suggestions for five and eight-day itineraries. It is suitable for beginners, although a reasonable level of fitness is required if doing it as a multi-day trek. The route is described both west to east and east to west, and the guidebook also features extensions to Maryport on the far west coast of Cumbria and to South Shields on the east coast. This full-colour guidebook contains a wealth of information on the history of the Wall, and a range of practical information for walkers, from accommodation and itinerary planning, to details on public transport and refreshments. Clear step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. A compact booklet showing the route on a 1:25,000 scale OS map is included for added convenience.
some aspects of its post-Roman influence on the landscape
Author: Alan Michael Whitworth
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd
Category: Social Science
Commentators throughout the ages have recorded the dismantling of Hadrian's Wall until sections were no more than a stone quarry. The main aim of this study is to explore where the wall has gone to, who robbed it, when, and for what reason. Whitworth discusses the various buildings and structures that have reused the stone, evidence for reoccupation of forts, place-names, documentary sources, travellers' accounts and modern archaeological research. He shows that, while Anglo-Saxons exploited the stone for their ecclesiastical buildings and this use was extended after the Norman Conquest, most of the damage was done within the last 300 years. This fascinating guide to northern England covers a large geographical area and 1500 years of history and clearly demonstrates that the wall did not become redundant after the withdrawal of the Romans but continued to influence the manmade and natural landscape.
The Conservation of Hadrian's Wall 1746-1987
Author: Stephen Leach & Alan M Whitworth
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
This book tells the story of the conservation of Hadrian's Wall, from the construction of General Wade's Military Road in the eighteenth century to the designation of the Wall as a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Author: Derry Brabbs
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Ltd
"Hadrian's Wall extended for some 120 kilometers across the Tyne-Solway isthmus, and was built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian in c. AD 122 to be a permanent, fixed frontier to mark the norther boundary of the Roman province of Britannia. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it now forms the basis of a National Trail long-distance footpath." "The Wall was just one component of a complex military zone which also comprised turrets, milecastles, earthworks, roads and supporting forts. Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswald were three such garrisons: their ruined sides, now in the care of English Heritage, have been transformed into major visitor centres with museums and other educational resources."--BOOK JACKET.
Author: Bronwen Riley
Publisher: Pegasus Books
An epic narrative journey from Rome to Hadrian's Wall—in the empire's northwestern frontier—brings vividly to life the colors, smells, sounds, and sensations of travel in the second century. AD 130. Rome is the dazzling heart of a vast empire and Hadrian its most complex and compelling ruler. Faraway Britannia is one of the Romans' most troublesome provinces: here the sun is seldom seen and "the atmosphere in the country is always gloomy." What awaits the traveller to Britannia? How will you get there? What do you need to pack? What language will you speak? How does London compare to Rome? Are there any tourist attractions? And what dangers lurk behind Hadrian's new Wall? Combining an extensive range of Greek and Latin sources with a sound understanding of archaeology, Bronwen Riley describes an epic journey from Rome to Hadrian’s Wall at the empire's northwestern frontier. In this strikingly original history of Roman Britain, she evokes the smells, sounds, colors, and sensations of life in the second century.
British Walking Guide - Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat; Includes 59 Large-Scale Walking Maps
Author: Henry Stedman
Publisher: Trail Blazer Publications
Category: Sports & Recreation
Hadrian’s Wall Path, 84 miles from end to end, follows the course of northern Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument, a 2nd-century fortification built – in the border country between England and Scotland – on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian in AD122. Opened in 2003, the path crosses the beautiful border country between England and Scotland. It is the first National Trail to follow the course of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This week-long walk is regarded as one of the least challenging National Trails. 7 town plans and 59 large-scale walking maps – at just under 1:20,000 – showing route times, places to stay, points of interest and much moreItineraries for all walkers – whether walking the route in its entirety over seven to eight days or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaksPractical information for all budgets – camping, bunkhouses, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels; Newcastle through to Bowness – where to stay, where to eat, what to see, plus detailed street plansComprehensive public transport information – for all access points on the Hadrian’s Wall Path.Flora and fauna – four page full color flower guide, plus an illustrated section on local wildlifeGreen hiking – understanding the local environment and minimizing our impact on itNewcastle city guideGPS waypoints. These are also downloadable from the Trailblazer website.Now includes extra colour sections: 16pp colour introduction and 16pp of colour mapping for stage sections (one stage per page) with trail profiles.