By Stephen Kershaw
During this full of life and extremely readable heritage of the Roman Empire from its institution in 27 BC to the barbarian incursions and the autumn of Rome in advert 476, Kershaw attracts on more than a few facts, from Juvenal's Satires to contemporary archaeological unearths. He examines impressive personalities similar to Caligula and Nero and seismic occasions similar to the conquest of england and the institution of a 'New Rome' at Constantinople and the break up into jap and western empires. alongside the way in which we come across gladiators and charioteers, senators and slaves, interesting ladies, weird and wonderful sexual practices and gruesome acts of brutality, usually visible via eyes of a few of the world's maximum writers. He concludes with a short examine how Rome lives on within the modern global, in politics, structure, artwork and literature.
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The bath-house is, however, among the most complete in Britain with walls over 12 feet high. Corbridge grew from being a fort on a remote northern road to a thriving town supporting the forces manning the wall. The granaries are among the most impressive of the remains. Hardknott Roman Fort. Nine miles north-east of Ravenglass, on west side of Hardknott Pass on a narrow road to Ambleside (caution — especially in bad weather). National Trust. Open site. In what must be one of the most exhilarating sites in Britain, the fort is lodged on the mountainside overlooking the coast and guarding the road leading inland to the fort at Ambleside.
There was a military settlement at the end of the wall of which there are some remains including a short section of the wall itself. CARLISLE A possible circular tour. Tullie House, Castle Street. Tel: (01228) 34781. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am, Sunday from 12 noon. Facilites for disabled. In addition to its famous coverage of the Border Reivers, the museum devotes a major section to Roman life at the extreme of the Empire. Hands-on experience includes writing on Roman wax tablets and shooting a crossbow.
Poltross Burn Milecastle, Gilsland, near the railway station. Open site. One of the best preserved milecastles. There are steps that led to the top of the wall, remains of the gates and barrack blocks. Nearby Willowford Bridge has 1,000 yards of the wall with a turret and the remains of the bridge abutments; a small charge is made by Willowford Farm for access to visitors. 41 The Roman Army Museum. North of Greenhead. Tel: (016977) 47485. Open March to October daily. Shop, restaurant and toilets, wheelchair access.
A Brief History of the Roman Empire: Rise and Fall by Stephen Kershaw