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Life and letters on the Roman frontier : Vindolanda and its people

Author: Alan K Bowman
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over three hundred letters and documents have recently been discovered at the fort of Vindolanda, written on wooden tablets which have amazingly survived nearly 2000 years. Painstakingly deciphered by Alan Bowman and J. David Thomas, they have contributed a wealth of evidence for daily life in the Roman Empire. From the military documents we learn of the strength and activities of the units stationed at Vindolanda.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bowman, Alan K.
Life and letters on the Roman frontier.
New York : Routledge, 1998
(DLC) 97052950
(OCoLC)38144480
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan K Bowman
ISBN: 9781136773938 1136773932 9780203823699 0203823699 9781136773884 1136773886 9781136773921 1136773924 9780429237607 042923760X
OCLC Number: 825768271
Description: 1 online resource (167 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Introduction --
The writing-tablets --
Strategies of occupation --
The Roman army --
Officers and men, and women --
Social and economic life on the frontier --
Letters and literacy --
Appendix I. Technical terminology --
Appendix II. The texts.
Responsibility: Alan K. Bowman.
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Abstract:

Over three hundred letters and documents have recently been discovered at the fort of Vindolanda, written on wooden tablets which have amazingly survived nearly 2000 years. Painstakingly deciphered by Alan Bowman and J. David Thomas, they have contributed a wealth of evidence for daily life in the Roman Empire. From the military documents we learn of the strength and activities of the units stationed at Vindolanda. The accounts testify to the lifestyle of officers and ordinary soldiers, with payments for pepper and oil, towels and tallow, boots and beer. Then there are snapshots of domestic life in letters between the officers' wives, including a birthday invitation (see front cover). Most fascinating of all is the evidence for a high level of literacy in the Roman army, where even someone of humble rank receives a letter from home promising him a parcel of socks.

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