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Minister launches "Frontiers of the Roman Empire" book

27 May 2008

Linda Fabiani, MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, will launch the book Frontiers of the Roman Empire, the European dimension of a World Heritage Site today (Tuesday, 27 May) at Edinburgh Castle.
The book launch will be attended by delegates from across Europe and marks the end of Culture 2000 project – a three-year study with seven European partners, of the frontiers of the Roman Empire, including the Antonine Wall.

The project involved the development of a website, exhibitions, and research on the frontiers including the Antonine Wall.

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani MSP said: “The Culture 2000 project has been a successful international collaboration, in which Scotland has played a leading role. The Frontiers of the Roman Empire mark an incredible part of Europe’s history and this work brings it to life in a modern context. I am very pleased that Scotland’s part in that history has been acknowledged through our participation in this valuable venture. I hope it will be further recognised by the World Heritage Committee when it considers the nomination of the Antonine Wall.

“Thanks to the project, we know how to protect Roman frontiers and present their remains to the public while protecting them for the long term. We look forward to improving the facilities for tourists visiting Scotland’s Roman frontier, the Antonine Wall.”

In addition, the Minister will launch Edge of Empire, Scotland’s Roman Frontier, the Antonine Wall by David Breeze of Historic Scotland who prepared the nomination of the Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site, and a new GIS-based map of the Antonine Wall by The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in conjunction with Hunterian Museum of the University of Glasgow and Historic Scotland.

The book documents the Roman invasion of southern Scotland in the second century; the building of the Antonine Wall, its occupation and abandonment; and underlines the reasons why the Antonine Wall has been proposed as part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. It also works as a guide to where best to see the surviving remains.

The Minister added: ”Our commitment to this project and to the nomination of the Antonine Wall as part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire is celebrated in the launch of these volumes which are the culmination of this important Culture 2000 project.”

Notes for editors

1.Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

2.Culture 2000 began in 2005 when Historic Scotland and 7 European partners were awarded a grant of £1m to study the frontiers of the Roman Empire

3.Partners are Austria, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Slovakia, Spain and Romania

4.Edge of Empire, Scotland’s Roman Frontier, the Antonine Wall is published by Birlinn Press and illustrated, mostly by Historic Scotland’s photographer, David Henrie

5.the University of Glasgow has prepared a new website for the Antonine Wall

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