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Hadrian's Wall AD 122-410 (Fortress, 2) Paperback – February 19, 2003
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That said I also have to disagree with the previous entries concerning the doctrinal importance and context of Hadrian's Wall. Indeed I feel Dr. Fields is correct in his assertion that Hadrian's wall was not a defensive point, but a staging point for operations further afield and a watch station to better react to problems before they got to the wall. As Webster in his 1998 republication of The Roman Imperial Army noted that the purpose of the wall was to "impose total control over all traffic passing in and out of the Province, with provision for the collection of fees, tolls and duties and a thorough inspection of goods and persons. Its military purpose is less clear, but it certainly could never have been used as a fighting platform, only as a patrol track. An efficient signalling system and alert surveillance by forwads units would have made it possible for command HQ to order units to move forward through the fort and milecastle gateways to any area to deal with hostile elements." This passage sums up Hadrian's Wall to 'T'. The actual garrison at any given locality on Hadrian's wall couldn't have held it for any length of time against a determined enemy. In addition to this fact it is worth noting that the emperor to succeed Hadrian, Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161), in short order moved the frontier to the lowlands of Scotland where he did in fact build earthen fortifications.Read more ›
This booklet exhibites the same comprehensive blend. After an introduction to Roman fortifications, you learn about the origins of the Wall, its components, its construction (and how it turned out to be somewhat different to what had originallt been envisaged), the function of the Wall, its garrison, including not only numbers but a list of all the units that have been identified and of their posting. It finally concludes with a fascinating section on the soldiers' everyday life on the Wall, including what we know about their diet (rather a lot in fact!) and their leisures, including some of the games that they played.
The illustrations - plates, pictures and maps - are also well chosen and fit very well with the text. The maps and a couple of the plates show to what extent the Wall fit into a complex and sophisticated defense system.Read more ›
This is an excellent book for those who want an overview of Hadrian's Wall or for those planning to trek the Hadrian's Wall Path. For those interested, there is listing of books for further reading and research.
Hadrian's Wall AD 122 - 410 begins with a description of the various types of Roman fortifications, the origins of the wall and a very brief chronology. The heart of the book lies in the chapters discussing the anatomy of the wall, the wall's construction, the function of the wall, it's garrison and life on the wall. The author includes three low-quality 2-D maps, all of which are inferior to those in the Visitor's Guide one can purchase on the modern site of the wall.Read more ›
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I reiterate the comments made by B Marshall on Amazon.com. This is an introductory booklet whose length was probably controlled by Osprey. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A reader
Like the great wall of china, Hadrian's wall was a feat to build and maintian against marrauding barberians. Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by J. Hornby
Hadrian's Wall AD 122-410 is a nice introductory-level book on the topic of this impressive and historical feature in northern England. Read morePublished on December 9, 2007 by J. McIntyre
A good entry level book that will cover most questions you need to cover without the need to buy a much more expensive and more complicated work. Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by Andrew Pogonowski