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cooking, writing and other skills
Topic Started: Feb 11 2007, 04:22 PM (264 Views)
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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Commonly thought to be a diminishing commodity as Roman Occupation went on, so more literate in the 1st-3rd centuries than the 4th. This is mainly due to the bias in the inscription record from the earlier periods. However, there is no reason to not suspect that at Vindolanda in the 3rd century most people could at least spell their names and write down a passage or two. Certainly, we still get public inscriptions, such as the CIVES GALLI, which would suggest the message was worth writing down so people could read it.

As for cooking, if you are a trooper you are supposed to do you own, unless you have a handy slave or two to do it for you :-)...but there are shared oven facilities, so it makes sense to write your name on something you value. How good was the cooking? that's what I often wonder about. It would be great to recover a Vindolanda cook book. We will have to look out for one this year, maybe do a masterchef special.
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