This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Roman tablets from Vindolanda camp

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

In 1973, an unusual discovery was made in the Vindolanda Roman camp (England). Water-soaked tablets with Roman notes were extracted from the ground. After conservation, it turned out that the artifacts are a great source of information about the life of people who were in the camp in antiquity.

We can read, among others, about the supply of bacon, oysters or honey; a message addressed to the legionary stating that more socks, sandals and underwear were given; or the Romans’ impression of Britain.

Among the tablets we also come across the official invitation of the camp’s prefect’s sister by his wife to a birthday feast:

Claudia Severa to her Lepidina, greetings. On 11 September, sister, for the day of the celebration of my birthday, I give you a warm invitation to make sure that you come to us, to make the day more enjoyable for me by your arrival, if you are present. Give my greetings to your Cerialis. My Aelius and my little son send him their greetings. I shall expect you, sister. Farewell, sister, my dearest soul, as I hope to prosper and hail. To Sulpicia Lepidina, wife of Cerialis, from Severa.

The records of the wife of prefect Aelius – Claudia have thus become the oldest example of the use of written Latin by a woman who has survived to our time.

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

Your financial help is needed, in order to maintain and develop the website. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server. I believe that I can count on a wide support that will allow me to devote myself more to my work and passion, to maximize the improvement of the website and to present history of ancient Romans in an interesting form.

Support IMPERIUM ROMANUM!

News from world of ancient Rome

If you want to be up to date with news and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Roman bookstore

I encourage you to buy interesting books about the history of ancient Rome and antiquity.

Check out bookstore

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: