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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tour Scotland The Antonine Wall

Tour Scotland The Antonine Wall. Tour Roman Scotland. Built across central Scotland in the mid 2nd century AD on the orders of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, the Antonine Wall marked the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire. Running for 60km from modern Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo ness on the Firth of Forth, it consisted of a turf rampart fronted by a deep ditch, with forts linked by a road called the Military Way. It was through the gates of these forts and fortlets that many Roman goods passed into the lands of Caledonia beyond RCAHMS has worked with Historic Scotland on the nomination to produce a map of the Antonine Wall, showing its course on a modern base at a scale of 1:25,000 and including areas where it can be visited. The Map highlights elements of the archaeology of the monument, provides additional information on related museums and reading, and is the essential resource and companion for anyone interested in visiting and studying the Antonine Wall. The Antonine Wall.

The Antonine Wall. As the most advanced frontier construction of its time, and as definitive evidence of the Romans' time in Scotland, the Antonine Wall is an invaluable and fascinating part of this country's varied and violent history. For a generation, from about 140 to 160 AD, the Antonine Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Constructed by the Roman army, it ran from modern Bo'ness on the Forth to Old Kilpatrick on the Clyde and consisted of a turf rampart fronted by a wide and deep ditch. At regular intervals were forts connected by a road, while outside the fort gates clustered civil settlements. Antoninus Pius, whom the wall was named after, reigned longer than any other emperor with the exception of its founder Augustus. Yet relatively little is known about him. In this meticulously researched book, David Breeze examines this enigmatic life and the reasons for the construction and abandonment of his Wall. The Antonine Wall.

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