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Author Topic: Edge of Empire: Rome's Scottish Frontier, the Antonine Wall  (Read 2104 times) Average Rating: 0
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Title: Edge of Empire: Rome's Scottish Frontier, the Antonine Wall
Author(s): David J. Breeze
Publisher: Edinburgh:  Birlinn
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 1841587370
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
Books by David Breeze have come to signify the best current scholarship on the Roman presence in Britain, especially as it relates to the two largest surviving archaeological structures, Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall. In 2008, I reviewed another Breeze book titled Roman Frontiers in Britain, part of the Classical World Series from Bristol Classical Press (BMCR 2008.03.17). In that review, I compared Breeze's book with that of D.J. Woolliscroft and B. Hoffman, Rome's First Frontier: The Flavian Occupation of Northern Scotland (BMCR 2006.11.17). The Breeze 2007 book and the Woolliscroft volume, in short, were very different from each other, both in content and perspective, even though they both looked at Roman influence in the British Isles. Edge of Empire is very different from Roman Frontiers in Britain, and the reader can refer back to both the Woolliscroft and the Breeze 2007 reviews in order to observe the interesting differences of approach and style that each provides.

Read the full review at the Bryn Mawr Classic Review web site.

Additional Description:
Two thousand years ago, southern Scotland was part of a great empire, the Roman Empire. About AD 140, a Roman army marched north from Hadrian's Wall and built a new frontier across the Forth-Clyde isthmus, from modern Bo'ness to Old Kilpatrick. In this fascinating new book, David Breeze tells the story of the invasion, the building of the Antonine Wall, its occupation and abandonment. The material used to tell this story includes contemporary coins and literary sources together with the inscriptions and sculpture from the Antonine Wall, as well as the archaeological remains of the monument.The unique distance slabs not only record the process of building, but provide a series of snapshots depicting the preparations, invasion and victory achieved by the Roman army over 1800 years ago and stunning new photography by David Henrie of Historic Scotland illustrates all aspects of this most northerly Roman frontier. These photographs help us to appreciate the Antonine Wall in its landscape and understand the reasons for its construction. Both scholarly and beautifully illustrated, this new book underlines the reasons why the Antonine Wall has been proposed as a World Heritage Site

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