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Hadrian's Wall
An overview of the history of Hadrian's Wall.
# 104041 | 2,431 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 01, 2008 in History (Greek and Roman) , History (British)

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This paper discusses how Hadrian's Wall was one of several defensive structures put in place in Britain during the reign of the Emporer Hadrain to try to control the attacks of the wild northern tribes. It also looks at how the Wall stands as one of the great monuments to imperial Rome and how it is as much a monument to the limitations of the empire as its success.

From the Paper:

"Julius Caesar made two attempts to penetrate the island. Caligula failed in his invasion, and then Claudius succeeded in subduing the southern portion of the island in 43 C.E. (Dio Cassius, bk. 60, 19-23; Black, 419-24) After the initial invasion, it was apparently assumed that the entire island would be conquered, and over the next several years, repeated thrusts were made to expand the Roman holding. Conquest, however, proved much more difficult than was initially expected. In 60 C.E., Boudicca led a savage revolt which should the strength of the underlying resistance. In 77-84 C.E., the Roman governor Agricola attempted to subdue Scotland, and in 84, at the battle known at Mans Graupius, the Romans defeated the wild northern tribes, but at such cost that they had to abandon their campaign (Drummond & Nelson, 135; Martin, 29). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • [Aelius Spartianus]. The Scriptores historiae Augustae.
  • Magie, David, trans. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1921. [The attribution of the biography of Hadrian to Aelius Spartianus stems from the tradition which held that this series of biographies of the emperors was written by six different authors. Contemporary scholarship generally attributes the work to a single author of uncertain name.
  • Black, E.W. "The First Century Historians of Roman Britain." Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 20(4) (Nov. 2001): 415-28.
  • Bury, J.B. History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian. New York, New York: Dover Publications, 1958.
  • Collingwood, R.G., & Myres, J. N. L. Roman Britain and the English Settlements. New York, New York: Biblo and Tannen, 1990.

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