HadrianToCommodus

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Unformatted text preview: r the barbarians had been dispersed and the province of Britain had been recovered.” So the purpose of this fortification was to divide Roman Britain from the portion of Britain that was controlled by the island’s native peoples. Construction began in 122 CE and the wall was mostly complete within 6 years. You’ll notice on the map that there is a second wall, this one in Scotland, called the Antonine Wall. It was built beginning in 142 CE, during the reign of Antonius Pius, and represented a new frontier. However the Romans only held this new frontier very briefly, and by 158 CE they were making improvements to Hadrian’s wall—scholars believe that by 158 CE the Antonine wall had been abandoned and the Romans had moved back to Hadrian’s wall. 17 Your textbook author points out that Hadrian was responsible for building architectural monuments throughout the Empire. However, Hadrian’s wall was a very different sort of monument from the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, for example. In Athens, Hadrian had the incomplete temple finished...
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course PL SC 101 taught by Professor Web during the Summer '11 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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