Monday, April 25, 2022

Frontiers of the Roman Empire: The Antonine Wall – A World Heritage Site

Grenzen des Römischen Reiches: Der Antoninus Wall
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The Antonine Wall lay at the very extremity of the Roman world. For a generation, in the middle of the second century AD, it was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire. Furthermore, it was one of only three “artificial” frontiers along the European boundaries of the empire: the other two are Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes.

Although the Antonine Wall fits into the general pattern of Roman frontiers, in many ways it was the most developed frontier in Europe, with certain distinct characteristics. Perhaps of greatest significance is the survival of the collection of Roman military sculpture, the Distance Slabs. These record the lengths constructed by each legion and their relationship to the labour camps allow further conclusions to be made about the work of constructing the Antonine Wall.

H 248 x W 185 mm

76 pages

Illustrated in full colour throughout

Published Apr 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789699951

Digital: 9781789699968


Foreword by Francesco Bandarin, Director, World Heritage Centre, UNESCO ;
Preface by David J. Breeze ;

Common cultural heritage of the Roman empire ;
The Roman empire ;
Frontiers and trade ;
The World Heritage Site “Frontiers of the Roman Empire” ;
The definition of a World Heritage Site ;
The task ahead ;
History and extent of frontiers ;
Rome´s foreign policy ;
The location of frontiers ;
The army and frontiers ;
The purpose of frontiers ;
Soldiers and civilians ;
Military administration ;
Research on Roman frontiers ;
Inscriptions and documents ;
Survey and excavation ;
Aerial survey ;
Protection and presentation of frontiers ;

Historical Background ;
The Antonine Wall ;
Research on the Antonine Wall ;
Protection of the Antonine Wall ;
Where to see the Antonine Wall ;
Further Reading ;
Illustration Acknowledgements



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