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The Antonine Wall Paperback – 1 Jul 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Donald Publishers Ltd (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859766551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859766555
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Breeze is a former Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments in Historic Scotland and a past President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He holds honorary professorships at the universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Newcastle. David Breeze has written extensively on Roman Scotland and Hadrian's Wall and on the Roman army. He is currently preparing the nomination of the Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site and chairs the international committee of specialists advising UNESCO on the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dignitas on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
Although not an academic book [although I do know this text is used by Newcastle University on their Roman Studies degrees], the author certainly has the credentials: Roman History degree from Durham University, Chief Inspector for Ancient Monuments for Historic Scotland, Honorary degrees from Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh, as well as writing extensively on Roman Scotland. In short, he knows his stuff. This book is an excellent introduction, and perfect for the arm-chair historian and tourist alike.

Breeze present the historical, political and economic situation of the Roman Empire in the reign of Antonius Pius. Presenting concise arguments that still rage amongst historians and archeologists surrounding the building, functioning and abandonment of the wall, as well as drawing parellels and hypothesis from the other great frontiers in Germany and Hadrian's Wall. The author also goes into great depth regarding the tribes both south and north of the wall, and the relationships with Rome.

Of course you can't beat the real thing.
I was lucky enough to study at Stirling University and took the opportunity to visit many of these forts and ramparts. If you have the chance, please visit them [they are under the care of Historic Scotland and admission is free.] I also recommend visiting The Hunterian at Glasgow University [near Kelvingrove] and Trimontium fort and museum at Melrose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Murray on 6 Jun. 2013
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required reading on this subject,very detailed and not at all overwhelming.recommended if you plan to visit antonine sites.there is a map you can purchase as a companion.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Oliver on 2 Feb. 2009
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This is a workmanlike account for the general reader of much that is worth knowing about the Antonine Wall from various historical, military, and archaeological viewpoints, except, surprisingly, that of the barbarians and former barbarians either side of it whose comings and goings the Wall was intended to control. The book is well designed and profusely illustrated in colour, though many of the illustrations already appear in other publications. The building and occupation of the Wall is discussed in the context of the Roman situation at the time. It would have been helpful to place it also in that of the general scheme of things; the Roman involvement with ancient Scotland began in the AD 70s and continued on and off until the 5th century. There is no mention of the military installations on the Gask Ridge, which, it would now appear, may have been brought back into commission as outposts of the Antonine Wall. There are some minor slips. In the description of Antoninus after his adoption, names and titles are confused (page 3). Second-in-command of a century was the signifer (standard bearer), though the optio took this responsibility in battle (page 39). According to Vegetius, the minimum height qualification for a legionary was precisely 6 Roman feet, equivalent to 5'10" (page 42). It is now generally believed that the first invasion of Scotland was not by Agricola in the late 70s, but more probably in the south west by Petillius Cerialis in the early 70s (page 44). While equivalents to Roman measurements are correctly cited, a pace (passus) is described as "being 2 steps of 5 Roman feet", whereas there were precisely 5 Roman feet to a pace (page viii).
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Comprehensive Guide to Antonine Wall 8 Nov. 2009
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This is a very readable pocket guide to the Antonine Wall. It is very well illustrated with both photographs and diagrams. Having been to several of the sites recently I have found it most useful. I can strongly recommend it.
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