near the modern-day border between England and Scotland, Hadrian’s Wall ran
coast-to-coast, over 73km, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Carlisle. Actively
manned from AD 122 to AD 410, the wall marked the northern edge of the Roman
Empire, serving as an affirmation of Rome’s might.
To Roman eyes, Hadrian’s Wall was the end of the world, beyond which lay darkness and barbarians, the final dividing line between civilization and chaos. For any Roman soldier, being stationed up there felt like a punishment.
1 / 3