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Head of Zeus
Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall Adrian Goldsworthy
 The Landmark Library, 6

Located at the far-flung and wild edge of the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall was constructed by Emperor Hadrian in the 120s AD. Vast in size and stretching from the east to the west coast of the northern part of Britannia, it is the largest monument left by the Roman empire – all the more striking because it lies so far from Rome. Today, it is one of the most visited heritage sites in the country.

Yet the story of the Wall is far more than the development of a line of fortifications and the defence of a troublesome imperial frontier. Generation after generation of soldiers served there, with their families as well as traders and other foreign and local civilians in and around the army bases. The glimpses of this vibrant, multinational community in Adrian Goldsworthy's masterly book bring the bare stones to life. Goldsworthy also considers why and how the wall was built, and discusses the fascinating history, afterlife and archaeology of this unique ancient monument.

Head of Zeus * Archaeology
11 Jan 2018 * 192pp * £18.99 * 9781784974725
'Goldsworthy brings Hadrian's Wall to life in this detailed and beautifully illustrated book'
Westmorland Gazette
'A lively introduction to the largest surviving Roman artefact on Earth'
World of Cruising
'A lucid, general introduction to the wall and its times ... Goldsworthy is especially good at recreating the lives lived on it'
Country Life
'Goldsworthy is an erudite guide ... As an introduction to the history of the most impressive of ancient engineering achievements, Goldsworthy's book is entirely successful ... The prefect companion to exploring the remains of the wall today'
BBC History
'[Goldsworthy] provides a clear, concise guide to one of the favourite heritage sights of Britain and transports us back to the frontier life of the Roman Empire in another vital era of our history'
'A succinct and eminently sensible new account of Hadrian's Wall'
The New Criterion
Adrian Goldsworthy
Adrian Goldsworthy
Adrian Goldsworthy is a respected historian of the ancient world. He studied at Oxford, where his doctoral thesis examined the Roman army, and he went on to write acclaimed works of non-fiction including Caesar, Hadrian's Wall, and Philip and Alexander. His fiction includes the authentic and action-packed Vindolanda Trilogy, set in Roman Britain.
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