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CLIP 5405

Why did the Romans build walls?

Why did the Romans build walls?
Key Info
  • Why did the Romans build walls?
  • Duration: 01:02
  • Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall are more than just walls. They are defensive structures with a series of forts along them, built when it was thought that the Roman invasion of Caledonia was costing too much. The walls contained stones with Latin inscriptions telling us who built them. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Romans: Roman Life

  • Keywords: Romans, Hadrian's Wall, Antonine Wall, Scotland, fort, Caledonia, army, history, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • The clip could lead into more detailed study of the walls and specific archaeological sites along them. This could combine with a geography lesson as students look at the physical features that decided why the walls were built in these locations. Mention of Latin inscriptions could lead into a look at the language and some of the English words derived from it.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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