Hadrian's Wall

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Hadrian's Wall

 

Born in 76 A.D. on the 24th of January, Hadrian became emperor in 117 A.D. He performed many reforms during his reign and his crowning glory was when he was able to consolidate the provinces of Rome. Hadrian managed to tour his entire empire in 11 years. On 138 A.D. of the 10th of July, the great Emperor Hadrian died.

Several construction projects which he had planned and images on coins are lasting reminders of the reign of Hadrian. His most famous building project is the wall that was named after him which spans the whole length of Britain, Hadrian's Wall. Hadrian's Wall was constructed to fend off attacks from the barbarian Picts who posed a threat to Roman Britain. The Wall served as the boundary of the northernmost part of the Roman Empire until beginning of the 5th century.

Stretching from the Tyne to the Solway, Hadrianís Wall spans the Irish to the North Sea. It has a length of approximately 73 miles, a width of 8 to 10 feet, and a height of 15 feet. Milecastles or small forts built by the Romans along the Wall which housed garrisons of about 60 troops. Each Roman mile had a milecastle and every third of a mile had a tower. This was for the entire length of the Wall. 16 main forts which were larger held approximately five hundred to a thousand troops. These larger forts were incorporated into the wall and had large gates facing the north. The southern side of the Wall had a vallum or wide ditch that had 6 foot high banks of earth which the Romans dug.