SOCIAL SCIENCES

Hadrian's Wall

Basic. Apr. 2018. 192p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781541644427. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781541644458. HIST
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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.

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