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Hadrian’s Wall is well known, but did you know that there were more walls and frontiers, not just in Britain, but elsewhere? At its height the Roman Empire extended into three continents. Its borders reflected the waxing and waning of power over more than a millennium. We will examine the evidence for these frontiers and consider what life was like on the edge of Empire. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

There is still time to enrol on the ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’ course, due to start on Thursday 18th September 2014 (13.30 – 15.30), either online or by contacting the Loughborough Branch Office.

Whilst it is not essential to do any background reading before the course begins, you may find it useful to do so. The reading list below contains books that you can read. You don’t have to read all of these. Indeed, we don’t specify any that you must read. Instead, these are readings you can use to gain a preliminary understanding of topics, as well as to study in more depth those parts of the course you are particularly interested in. You may also want to take a look at magazines such as British Archaeology, World Archaeology and Current Archaeology.


Miles, R. 2011. Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilisation. Penguin. (A DVD of the BBC TV series which this book accompanies is also available).


Tacitus. Agricola. (Published by Penguin Classics etc)

Tacitus. Germania. (Published by Penguin Classics etc)


Birley, A. 2002. Garrison Life at Vindolanda: A Band of Brothers. History Press.

Collins, R. 2014. Hadrian’s Wall and the End of Empire: The Roman Frontier in the 4th and 5th Centuries. Routledge.

Elton, H. 2012. Frontiers of the Roman Empire. Routledge.

Goodman, M. 2011. The Roman World 44 BC – AD 180. 2nd Edition. Routledge.

Kelly, C. 2006. The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press

Parker, P. 2010. The Empire Stops Here: A Journey along the Frontiers of the Roman World. Pimlico.