Starter Study the labelled picture of a Roman legionary for 2 minutes. Try to remember as many details as you can. Study the kit of auxilia as well.
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It’s fashion week in Rome. Write the commentary for a catwalk for a Roman soldier in full uniform. Try to include as many features as you can. Include a soldier modelling what an auxilia would wear.
How can we find out about life at Hadrian’s Wall?
TBAT explain how the army helped to control the Empire
To examine different types of sources to find out about life on Hadrian’s Wall
Study the information on p.37 of ‘Contrasts & Connections’.
Note down 3 ways the Roman army helped to defend
Can you see any potential problems with the army?
Your task Can you think of any reasons why the Roman’s built Hadrian’s Wall in AD 120? What did engineers consider when they planned where to build it?
To defend the Empire against invasion from northern tribes
To show local tribes how powerful the Romans were
To reassure Romans the Empire’s boundaries were fixed
To keep soldiers busy and disciplined
To regulate trade passing across the border
Archaeologists have found thin slices of wood, with writing on. They date from 1st Century AD. They were used a postcards by soldiers and sent home to their families. How useful, are these documents?
Use the postcard template on the Studyhistory website and imagine you are a Roman soldier. Write a postcard home describing conditions at Hadrian’s Wall, food & discipline
Conduct your own research into the Vindolanda tablets to add more details