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Unformatted text preview: according to the Hellenistic plans that we discussed in the previous chapter, and this demonstrated his love of Greek art, architecture and culture. But here at Hadrian’s Wall we have a barrier along the Roman frontier meant to keep out the warlike British tribesmen in theNorth.
I said before that the wall was 80 Roman miles long—that’s about 73 of our modern miles. At each Roman mile was a mile castle—a relatively small fortified tower. There were also larger forts along the wall as well as huge permanent camps for the Roman legions. The wall itself consisted of a tall, thick masonry wall preceded by a deep ditch. And as you can see in this view, the Romans also took advantage of the natural defenses in the terrain. 18 Here’s a view of one of the mile castles on Hadrian’s Wall that would have been occupied by a small force of Roman defenders. Today it’s possible to backpack along the entire length of Hadrian’s wall. 19 Next we’re going to be looking at two roundels of relief sculpture that were originally on a monument to Hadrian. Now, however, they are on the...
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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.
- Summer '11