Hadrian's Wall by Adrian Goldsworthy audiobook

Hadrian's Wall

By Adrian Goldsworthy
Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Audio 9781541644427
3.24 Hours Unabridged
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Stretching eighty miles from coast to coast across northern England, Hadrian's Wall is the largest Roman artifact known today. It is commonly viewed as a defiant barrier, the end of the empire, a place where civilization stopped and barbarism began. In fact, the massive structure remains shrouded in mystery. Was the wall intended to keep out the Picts, who inhabited the North? Or was it merely a symbol of Roman power and wealth? What was life like for soldiers stationed along its expanse? How was the extraordinary structure built—with what technology, skills, and materials? In Hadrian's Wall, Adrian Goldsworthy embarks on a historical and archeological investigation, sifting fact from legend while simultaneously situating the wall in the wider scene of Roman Britain. The result is a concise and enthralling history of a great architectural marvel of the ancient world.

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Stretching eighty miles from coast to coast across northern England, Hadrian's Wall is the largest Roman artifact known today. It is commonly viewed as a defiant barrier, the end of the empire, a place where civilization stopped and barbarism began. In fact, the massive structure remains shrouded in mystery. Was the wall intended to keep out the Picts, who inhabited the North? Or was it merely a symbol of Roman power and wealth? What was life like for soldiers stationed along its expanse? How was the extraordinary structure built—with what technology, skills, and materials?

In Hadrian's Wall, Adrian Goldsworthy embarks on a historical and archeological investigation, sifting fact from legend while simultaneously situating the wall in the wider scene of Roman Britain. The result is a concise and enthralling history of a great architectural marvel of the ancient world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Author and narrator together evoke a now and a then--the wall as it is now, and what it tells us about life at the border of civilization two thousand years ago. AudioFile
“In just four hours we learn everything we would ever need to know about Hadrian’s Wall and the Romans who built and maintained it. Much of that relies on archaeological evidence and learned conjecture, and a kind of academic sifting that this author performs with distinctive grace and authority and that Perkins voices with his own distinctive command. Author and narrator together evoke a now and a then—the wall as it is now, and what it tells us about life at the border of civilization two thousand years ago.” AudioFile
“An appealing, detailed history of the largest monument left by the Roman Empire.” Kirkus Reviews
“For those touring the wall or armchair travelers, this book will be an excellent guide and entertaining read for Roman military history fans.” Library Journal
“If you can only own one book on Hadrian’s Wall, this is it.” Colonel Rose Mary Sheldon, Virginia Military Institute
“A short and sparkling introduction to the great wall of the Roman Empire, written by a master historian. Adrian Goldsworthy cuts through the myth without losing the magic. This is a lucid account of the people, purpose and places of one of the world’s most famous military structures.” Barry Strauss, author of The Death of Caesar

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Author Bio: Adrian Goldsworthy

Author Bio: Adrian Goldsworthy

Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate in ancient history from Oxford University. His first book, The Roman Army at War, was recognized by Sir John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 3.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English