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Stretching 80 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.

©2018 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2018 Tantor

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Makes me want to Go there.

It's informative, and gives a decent/brief background into the Roman Empire; Life, Army, Rulers, etc. But most of all, talks about the wall and its changes through the 300 some odd years of use. I hope to see it someday. - Best.

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Very good

Started out a little slow but picked up in 2nd chapter. Performance kept me interested and I appreciated the online referencing at the end.

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