Named for the Roman emperor Hadrian, the Wall was erected between AD 120 and 130 as a frontier against hostile northern tribes. Hadrian's Wall followed an already established line of forts along a road called the Stanegate, set up ca. AD 100 during the reign of Trajan. Lined with forts, milecastles, and turrets or watchtowers such as this, Hadrian's Wall crossed 74 miles of hilly terrain between the North Sea and the Irish Sea. This view shows remains of the wall at Turret 49b, one of two turrets placed at one-third of a mile intervals between Milecastles 49 and 50.
[Fig.1: Hadrian's Wall at Turret 49b (photo: Athena Review).]
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