Hadrian's Wall and the Romans

Ref: C2338180

This course will begin by looking closely at the decades of Roman expansion in northern Britain following 43 AD, and look more closely at the circumstances surrounding Agricola's campaigns and the war against the Brigantes. We will go onto to consider the character of the so-called Stanegate and its purpose, before looking at the precise circumstances and possible motives for the commencement of Hadrian's Wall itself. We will then go on to examine the key features of its construction and its key strategic features and fortresses, before examining the surviving evidence for settled life among the garrisons there in the 2nd century AD and their potential strategic involvement in Roman frontier policy in Britannia.

Course aim

This course will look at the circumstances surrounding the creation of Hadrian's Wall, the key features of its design and its daily life as a Roman outpost.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Gain some insight into the function of the Stanegate & the effect of Agricola's Campaigns
  • Outline the key features of the early phases of construction on Hadrian's Wall
  • Identify the significant features of the main Roman fortresses of Hadrian's Wall
  • Evaluate the nature of some of the evidence for daily life on the Wall in the 2nd century AD.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You are welcome to bring in books/other resources to share with the class

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • "The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier" A. Moffat Birlinn Publishing 2012 "Hadrian's Wall: Everyday Life on the Roman Frontier" P. Southern Amberley Publishing 2016

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Hadrian's Wall and the Romans Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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