Edges of Empire
Life on the Wall
In this episode, Tristan Hughes visits two key sites along Hadrian’s Wall that can tell us more about everyday life on this far flung frontier, with a particular focus on hygiene and worship. First on the list is Chesters Roman Fort. Described as one of the most complete cavalry forts that survives in Britain, the Fort is also home to the best preserved military baths on the island. The episode ends with a visit to the remains of the Temple of Mithras, situated near the Roman fort at Carrawburgh. Originally from modern day Iran, the worship of Mithras spread to every corner of the Roman Empire, including to the military communities stationed along Hadrian’s Wall. Featuring English Heritage Curator Dr Frances McIntosh, Lucy Creighton from the Yorkshire Museum and Dr Andrew Tibbs. Last in the series.