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Hadrian's wall was commissioned by Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD in order to solidify Rome's claim to southern Britain and discourage Scottish attacks. With a workforce over fifteen thousand strong, it took six years to build the 117 km wall which bisected Northern Britain from the River Tyne in the west to the Solway Firth in the east. Its width and height varied from three to six meters and three to five metres, respectively.
Each of the three legions who worked on Hadrian's Wall (the second, the sixth and the twentieth) was divided into equal groups, each of which had responsibility over one 8 km segment of the wall. Small milecastles were built every one Roman mile (1.47 km) with two turrets evenly spaced between them. Larger forts were built every five miles (7 km), with small towns (vicus) usually supporting them.
2/1/2017 06:19:39 pm
great photos! Did you get your facts from museums along the way or from books?
3/30/2017 10:50:27 am
Mainly from visiting the sites themselves and their respective museums.
2/2/2017 08:55:42 am
Wonderful pairing of text and pictures. Keep going Wandering Aengus!
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