Course Code: 5XHW05A19
Start Date: 20/09/2019Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 5
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
The image many of us have of life on Hadrian’s Wall in the north of Britannia is summed up by a couple of lines of Auden’s ‘Roman Wall Blues’:
‘Over the heather the wet wind blows,
I’ve lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.
The rain comes pattering out of the sky,
I’m a Wall soldier, I don’t know why.’
Recently archaeology and work on tablets and inscriptions from the area have vastly improved our knowledge of those who lived and worked near the wall, though its very purpose remains open to debate. As well as considering the individual forts of the wall, in this course we shall consider recent developments in archaeology in the area, the value of discoveries such as the Vindolanda tablets, working with inscriptions found at the wall, the origins of the soldiers stationed there, and the position of women and children in the vicinity.