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would the Roman Empire have lasted had they built a wall?

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    Posted: 03-Aug-2005 at 12:17
If the Roman's built a wall, it wouldn't have mattered. The invasions from Germania they would have eventually broken through the walls, hence the breaking through of Hadrian's Wall by the Picts.

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And don't forget the Antonine wall north of Hadrian's wall. It was only operational for two decades before forces withdrew.

The only wall that really helped the Romans was the wall of Constantinople. It held the Eastern empire together in terms of crisis for 750 years after the collapse of power in Rome. When the Bulgars overran the european territories, the city held them off from overrunning the eastern territories. When the Ummayad overran their eastern lands, Constantinople held off their siege. It was even effective against sea-based attackers from north.

On the other hand, the "walls" of Rome never withstood a siege.


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