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  • If the funds as well as the determination really existed to recreate an entire Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall or a villa in Kent – as Simon Jenkins has so delightfully proposed This cult of the ruin renders England's landscape soulless.

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  • Partly because they all know the result will be a kick in the balls for the SNP and an improvement in the others' lots, and partly because Salmond has started muttering that instead of an in-out referendum "Scotland = British or Scotland = haggisy" he wants a three-way version offering an option for maximal devolution, whereupon they all start digging a trench behind Hadrian's Wall and shove the country four inches north.

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  • What keeps the reader thoroughly engaged is not drama but the high quality of Hadrian's thought and powers of observation.

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  • Hadrian's letter to young Marcus is being written at the end of his life, and so with a sure grasp of the inexorability of "Time, the Devourer."

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  • Like most of our lives, Hadrian's — and so Mme. Yourcenar's novel — is plotless.

    Portrait of Power Embodied in a Roman Emperor

  • Because of its position in the vast, open horizons of the Pennines, just minutes from Hadrian's Wall and very close to the Pennine Way, this is an incredibly popular spot with walkers and cyclists, and the owners offer all sorts of "extras" such as pick-ups, packed lunches, and even luggage transfer.

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  • Especially how the Yeshua-to-Jesus translation (from radical rabbi and pretender to the throne, to Holy Freakin 'Trinity, Batman) fits into the larger Justice League of God-Boys abroad in Hellenistic culture (figures like Mithras, Sol Invictus, even Hadrian's boy-toy Antinous which was a far more deliberate effort to gin up such a figure rather than, as I suspect Yeshua's case was, an example of how one culture makes another culture's idea familiar to themselves.)

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  • Eventually, he decides to go by himself -- with Esca -- beyond Hadrian's Wall to see if he can learn the secret of the Ninth Legion.

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  • AD145 was the year of Severus's birth – he was emperor from AD193 Roman refugee camp for fleeing natives found near Hadrian's Wall.

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  • Snowshoe into the past on a journey around Hadrian's Wall as the Romans would have known it, and then build a snow shelter.

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