Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier : Vindolanda and Its People

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Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier : Vindolanda and Its People

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 167 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415920247
  • DDC分類 936.2881

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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.

Table of Contents

        LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS                      6  (1)
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS 7 (2)
1 INTRODUCTION 9 (4)
2 THE WRITING-TABLETS 13 (7)
3 STRATEGIES OF OCCUPATION 20 (14)
4 THE ROMAN ARMY 34 (17)
5 OFFICERS AND MEN, AND WOMEN 51 (14)
6 SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC LIFE ON THE FRONTIER 65 (17)
7 LETTERS AND LITERACY 82 (18)
APPENDIX I: TECHNICAL TERMINOLOGY 100(3)
APPENDIX II: THE TEXTS 103(47)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 150(5)
THE PLATES 155(10)
INDEX 165(2)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 167