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The Roman Wall
A Historical, Topographical, and Descriptive Account of the Barrier of the Lower Isthmus, Extending from the Tyne to the Solway, Deduced from Numerous Personal Surveys


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology

  • Date Published: December 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108080644

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  • Brought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, John Collingwood Bruce (1805–92) was fascinated by the antiquities of the north of England, and made an especial study of the impressive ruins of the 'Roman Wall'. He published this work in 1851, using both the writings of medieval and recent historians, and his own and others' field surveys and excavations. It describes the route of the wall from the Solway to Wallsend, and the surviving structures such as forts and milecastles along its length. Bruce also discusses and illustrates the Roman artefacts discovered around the wall, from pottery and nails to funerary monuments, which give insights into the lives of the soldiers from across the Roman empire who were stationed at this northern outpost. His argument that Hadrian was the builder of the wall reminds us that, until the mid-nineteenth century, it was thought to have been the idea of the later emperor Septimius Severus.

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    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108080644
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of subscribers
    1. An epitome of the history of Roman occupation in Britain
    2. A general description of the line of the wall
    3. Local description of the works
    4. The supporting stations of the wall
    5. The question 'who built the wall' discussed
    6. Miscellaneous antiquities found on the line of the wall

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    John Collingwood Bruce

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