Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier: Vindolanda and Its People / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415920254
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,240,251
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan K. Bowman is a Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 6
List of Abbreviations 7
1 Introduction 9
2 The Writing-Tablets 13
3 Strategies of Occupation 20
4 The Roman Army 34
5 Officers and Men, and Women 51
6 Social and Economic Life on The Frontier 65
7 Letters and Literacy 82
App. I: Technical Terminology 100
App. II: The Texts 103
Bibliography 150
The Plates 155
Index 165
Acknowledgments 167
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