By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 13, 2022) – In Issue 2022-163 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, it’s about drawing a line in the sand with a very wide and long wall.


One wants to keep out the savages.  In this case the Scots.

The 73-mile fortified wall known as Hadrian’s Wall was erected between Roman Britannia and Caledonia to the north, largely today’s Scotland.

Construction s of the nine-foot wide wall started on this day in 122 AD and was completed in six years from sea to sea.  The Scots never crossed it during Roman times (now they do on various motorways and railroads…).

The Romans invaded today’s Britain in 55 BC under the command of Julius Caesar.  They left a legacy of road paths, baths, and cities.  The 40 or so cities and towns the Romans founded during their 450-year rule include London, Manchester, Newcastle, Lincoln, York, Norwich and Dover and more.

This map of the British Isles is from 1743 and was created by Sanson.

Map of the British Isles from 1743 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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