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A tablet bearing a birthday party invite includes the earliest Latin script penned by a woman
Archaeology Magazine ^ | Monday, August 12, 2013 | unattributed

Posted on 09/10/2013 5:34:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

On the Roman Empire’s cold and rainy northern frontier, in what is now Britian, sat the fort of Vindolanda. Beginning in 1973, excavators there began to find waterlogged tablets and fragments of tablets covered with Roman cursive writing. Once conserved and deciphered, the tablets provided rare details of the daily life and workings of the fort -- lists of necessary supplies, including bacon, oysters, and honey; a letter to a soldier from home saying that more socks, sandals, and underwear have been sent; and descriptions of the native Britons the Romans came into contact with. Among the tablets -- the oldest handwritten documents in Britain -- survives an invitation (translated below) from the fort commander’s wife to her sister for a birthday bash:

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 commander Aelius’ wife, Claudia, would certainly have had someone to compose her correspondence, as evidenced by the professional hand used for most of the missive. But there is also a personal salutation written by Claudia herself (in bold above), which is the earliest known example of writing in Latin by a woman.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; hadrianswall; romanempire; unitedkingdom; vindolanda; vindolandatablets
A tablet bearing a birthday party invite includes the earliest Latin script penned by a woman

1 posted on 09/10/2013 5:34:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Yea, well duh. It’s always the woman who does the invites.


2 posted on 09/10/2013 5:36:29 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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3 posted on 09/10/2013 5:37:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

*** tablets covered with Roman cursive writing.***

Ah cant’s read it cause its in cursive.


4 posted on 09/10/2013 5:39:39 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: SunkenCiv

:) History has come full circle. From tablet to Tablet. Interesting article. Thanks.


5 posted on 09/10/2013 5:41:48 PM PDT by madison10
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To: SunkenCiv

Fascinating.

I can make it at IV o’clock. ;)


6 posted on 09/10/2013 5:41:58 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very cool!

A salutation by her in larger script. Just as the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 6:11 “See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!”


7 posted on 09/10/2013 5:44:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: madison10
My son is in the Army and I got him a copy of a CD entitled “letters from the front “ . It was about the letters from Roman soldiers stationed at Vindolanda. Great video!
8 posted on 09/10/2013 5:49:23 PM PDT by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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To: SunkenCiv

Did Severa also invite Biggus Dickus and his wife, Incontinentia Buttocks?

< /Monty Python>


9 posted on 09/10/2013 6:10:58 PM PDT by twister881
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To: exit82

It’s IV o’clock somewhere.

Jimmis Buffetus.


10 posted on 09/10/2013 6:22:20 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

D’oh!

V o’clock


11 posted on 09/10/2013 6:23:54 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

lol


12 posted on 09/10/2013 6:24:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Once you catch up on the cursive Homey, you’ll need to figure out how to translate it from Latin.


13 posted on 09/10/2013 6:38:59 PM PDT by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: SunkenCiv

September 11??

Seriously, that date is always popping up


14 posted on 09/10/2013 6:41:40 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SunkenCiv

Quid capillum tuum ut faceres tibi


15 posted on 09/10/2013 6:50:01 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Below is the actual translation that had eluded researchers before now:

Claudia Severa to her BFF Lepidina


16 posted on 09/10/2013 6:56:05 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: GeronL

That’s tomorrow!


17 posted on 09/10/2013 7:24:17 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: GeronL

Lepidina is at VI’s and VII’s about what to wear to her sister’s birthday party, but she will be dressed to the IX’s.


18 posted on 09/10/2013 7:38:11 PM PDT by twister881
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To: SunkenCiv

Soldiers in the field getting clean socks and underwear from home. My, how things haven’t changed. That could have been me, from time to time.


19 posted on 09/10/2013 7:50:57 PM PDT by jstaff
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To: SunkenCiv

Very interesting. Not the usual Latin script. I can make out “Ad Nos” and that is about it (If I have made out even that!) Looks like Tolkein’s elvish...


20 posted on 09/10/2013 7:54:43 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: twister881

Lepidina sounds more like a title than a name.

Maybe its sort of like saying “little sister”


21 posted on 09/10/2013 8:29:49 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SunkenCiv

I love this story, and I sent it to my grandson who is a Latin student. I wonder if the sister RSVPed?


22 posted on 09/11/2013 2:59:38 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission

I was thinking that too.


23 posted on 09/11/2013 11:55:00 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: twister881
Lepidina is at VI’s and VII’s about what to wear to her sister’s birthday party, but she will be dressed to the IX’s.

POTD by a long shot!!!

24 posted on 09/12/2013 1:28:30 PM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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