Friday, July 06, 2018


The Purpose of the Wall

Nigel Spivey, "They built the wall," New Criterion (June 2018), a review of Adrian Goldsworthy, Hadrian's Wall (New York: Basic Books, 2018):
An ancient biographer of Hadrian relays just one sentiment about the wall: qui barbaros Romanos divideret, "that it should divide Romans from barbarians."
Image from screen capture:

There is a misprint here—for Romanos read Romanosque. The quotation comes from the Life of Hadrian 11.2 in the Scriptores Historiae Augustae.


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