Hadrian’s Wall is the largest, most spectacular historical monument in Britain. Built over a ten-year period by more than 30,000 soldiers and labourers for an extraordinary emperor, it consisted of more than 24 million stones. Many of its forts are as large as Britain’s most formidable medieval castles, and the wide ditch dug to the south of the Wall, the Vallum, is larger than any prehistoric earthwork.
In this book, based on literary and historical sources as well as the latest archaeological research, Alistair Moffat considers who built the Wall, how it was built, why it was built and how it affected the native peoples who lived in its mighty shadow. The result is a unique and fascinating insight into one of the wonders of the Ancient World.