Hadrian’s Wall, one of the greatest feats of construction by one of the greatest empires of the world
Meet Peter Carney your guide to walking or touring Hadrian’s Wall and he will take you and explain the Best bits’
The civilisation that built the wall almost 2000 years ago is well worth exploring. This can be done from Rome itself with the remains of the Forum and the colosseum, or the holiday town that was Pompei , or from the sharp end, the frontier between civilisation and barbarism. No Roman frontier has survived as well as this one. According to the’ Historia Augusta’ the Wall was built to ‘to separate the Romans from the barbarians’ and that is the only justification that has come down to us from the whole of Roman literature. What else can be learned from being here?
How civilised were these people anyway? They kept slaves, slaughtered gladiators and treated women in a way that would not be countenanced in the West today. But then how civilised is the West today when Hiroshima and the second Gulf War are still in living memory. There is much to learn about ourselves as well as Roman civilisation from a visit to this ancient frontier.
Spend a day immersed in Roman History on the edge of the empire in the company of your own knowledgeable and friendly guide, who will explain what you’re looking at and what it all meant.