Hadrian and his Wall

In AD122 emperor Hadrian faced a problem. The tribes in northern Britain were unruly, highly mobile, had no real wealth and were proving very resistant to being civilised.

What was he to do? The tribes needed to be controlled and the province protected, but war was an expensive business. His solution turned out to be rather remarkable. Hadrian ordered his soldiers to build a Wall from one side of the country to the other.