Hadrian’s Wall

The Roman Emperor Hadrian (76-138) had a problem. His province Britannica (modern day Britain) was under constant threats from the Northern part. Barbarians would sometimes try to invade the North Roman borders or -if just interested in getting rich- make money with smuggling goods.

The Roman Emperor Hadrian (76-138) had a problem. His province Britannica (modern day Britain) was under constant threats from the Northern part. Barbarians would sometimes try to invade the North Roman borders or -if just interested in getting rich- make money with smuggling goods. To avoid these problems, or perhaps just to show off, Hadrian built a wall in the middle of Britain, which eventually grew to 117.5 km (73.0 mi) in length, 3.66 meters (12ft) in height and reached from the East Coast to the West Coast. The wall had watchtowers built in line of sight of each other which enabled the Romans to communicate very quickly if needed. Forts were built along it to ensure the safety of the wall. After Hadrian died, another wall was built even further north. This one was called the Antonine Wall. Parts of both walls are still standing and attract a large number of visitors.



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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonine_Wall
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