Hadrian's Wall with Andrew Roberts - Context Travel

Hadrian's Wall with Andrew Roberts


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Stretching from sea to sea, 73 miles across northern Britain, Hadrian's Wall was the border of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. It was the largest Roman structure ever built and still dominates the landscape, almost 1600 years after the end of Roman rule in Britain. Despite its enormous scale, it remains one of the most enigmatic archaeological structures that intrigued generations of antiquaries, archaeologists, poets, and writers seeking to understand its form, function, and meaning.

This conversation begins with the creation of Hadrian's wall and leads into the complex, multicultural community that lived, served, and died at the farthest edge of the Roman world for over 300 years. We will also touch upon the legacy of this architectural marvel, both physically and conceptually, and its relevance to visitors today. Along this journey, we will examine the archaeological and historical evidence that contribute to our current understanding of how people lived in the past.

Led by historian and heritage professional Andrew Roberts (he has produced three exhibitions on Hadrian's Wall), this interactive seminar presents the historical context surrounding Hadrian's Wall and the ancient peoples who defended its borders. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an enhanced understanding of the frontiers of the Roman empire.

Andrew completed a PhD in Classics at King's College London where he specialised in how the Classical world shaped British politics and culture. His research interests range from Ancient Greece to the British empire, and he has tutored secondary school children in everything from Tudor England to the Second World War. Andrew especially loves the eclectic historical landscape of London which allows one to find ancient ruins or historic pubs amongst the modern city. He teaches ancient history to undergraduates at King's College London and is a keen cyclist and runner.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.