Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier

ISBN-10: 0415920256

ISBN-13: 9780415920254

Edition: 1998

Authors: Alan K. Bowman

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Greetings, I ask that you send the things which I need for the use of my boys . . . which you well know I cannot properly get hold of here . . .--A Roman solider on the frontier of England around AD 100 Over three hundred letters and documents were recently discovered at the fort of Vindolanda, in Northern England, written on wooden tablets which have survived nearly 2,000 years. Painstakingly deciphered by Alan Bowman, the materials contribute a wealth of evidence for daily life in the Roman Empire. Military documents testify to the lifestyle of officers and soldiers stationed at Vindolanda, and portraits of domestic life are included in letters between the officers' wives and a letter from home promising a solider a package of socks. The engaging texts from thirty-four tablets provide insight into the similarities of daily existence in the Roman Empire and the present.
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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/16/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
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
App. I: Technical Terminology
App. II: The Texts
Bibliography
The Plates
Index
Acknowledgments
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