By A. H. M. Jones, J. R. Martindale, J. Morris
The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire offers an entire secular biographical dictionary of the interval advert 527 (the starting of the reign of Justinian) to 641 (the loss of life of Heraclius). the knowledge has been accumulated from a wide selection of resources in Latin, Greek, Arabic, Syriac and different languages. The undertaking makes to be had for the 1st time in a single paintings mass of data when it comes to the group of workers of the Roman Empire and the western kingdoms that have been its heirs, and of different international locations with which Rome had dealings.
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2 Willowford (Northumberland): ‘Narrow’ gauge wall built on the north front of the already-constructed broad foundation. 41 42 T H E E V O L U T I O N O F T H E F R O N T I E R position between Housesteads and Chesters, and which was perhaps itself an ‘afterthought’ to shorten what was otherwise a rather long interval between forts. Unlike the Wall’s northern ditch, the vallum-ditch was ﬂatbottomed, about ﬁve feet in width and approximately 10 feet deep with steeply sloping sides. North and south of the ditch there was a cleared strip (or berm), which was bounded by continuous running mounds.
The two armies met up at the western end of the Stainmore Pass, for the march to Carlisle; the large and well-preserved campaigncamp at Rey Cross-on-Stainmore is almost certainly a relic of this phase of activity. The subsequent advance into Scotland saw, amongst other things, the establishment of a large, part-legionary fort at Newstead, the purpose of which was to secure the protection of the Votadini, another of Rome’s grain-producing regional allies. Cerialis was succeeded in 74 by another high-proﬁle senator, Sextus Julius Frontinus: although he can hardly have left the north unattended, he is credited by Tacitus chieﬂy with the completion of the conquest of southern and mid-Wales, giving Rome access to reserves of gold, silver, lead and copper.
The Wall was provided with a ‘V’ -shaped military ditch on its northern side. Recent work at Byker (Newcastle) has THE EVOLUTION OF THE FRONTIER demonstrated a previously unsuspected feature between the Wall itself and the northern ditch: three closely set parallel rows of large post-pits indicate the presence of a running obstacle which perhaps consisted of sections of tree-trunk, inﬁlled with brambles, creating the equivalent of a ‘barbed wire emplacement’. Whether this ran along the whole Wall, or was restricted to the eastern end currently remains unclear.
The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire: Volume 1, AD 260-395 by A. H. M. Jones, J. R. Martindale, J. Morris