by Lawrence Keppie
This book is available as an open access e-book.
The Antonine Wall has been visible as an upstanding earthwork across the central belt of Scotland since its construction by the Roman legions over 1,850 years ago, in the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. This book takes up its story from the time of its abandonment in the reign of Marcus Aurelius and charts developments in our knowledge about it through the Middle Ages and after, up to the early years of the twentieth century, by which time the earliest scientific excavations had taken place.
The book is profusely illustrated with maps, portraits of prominent antiquaries and nineteenth-century watercolours.
Lawrence Keppie was formerly Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University.
The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of this volume from Historic Scotland, the British Academy and the Jennie S Gordon Memorial Foundation.