Hadrian's Wall - Barrier or Community?

Hadrian's Wall is a famous World Heritage site that attracts thousands of visitors each year with multiple archaeological digs being conducted annually. But why was the Wall built - commencing in 122 AD and in use until around 410 AD when the Romans abandoned the Province of Britannia? This course will address the political and military aspects of the need for such a massive defensive structure at the edge of the Roman Empire. But quite apart from its military purpose, the Wall had significant social impacts. We will examine how the various garrisons lived and their interaction with local communities in terms of migration, settlement and trade.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Governance of the Roman Province of Britannia
  • The need for defences on the border to deter Picts and Scots raiders
  • Structure of a Roman legion and its cavalry auxiliaries
  • Roman defensive construction techniques at the edge of Empire
  • Construction and abandonment of the Antonine Wall in Scotland
  • Life on the Wall – 300 years of military and civilian interaction
  • The Wall after 410 AD – its uses and abuses
  • Modern preservation and archaeology

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand how the Romans ruled the Province of Britannia.
  2. Understand why the Romans did not invade Scotland.
  3. Understand the military technology used to build the Wall.
  4. Understand the military-civilian interface of Wall communities in terms of migration, social interaction, trade and settlement.
  5. Appreciate how the Wall was robbed out and fell into disrepair in post-Roman times.
  6. Appreciate how the Wall was preserved for posterity in the mid-19th Century.
  7. Understand the Wall’s modern World Heritage status and its current fame as a tourist attraction and archaeological site.
$24 Limited / $22

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29 Jun

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