Roman Britain: Religion and the Vindolanda Tablets

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2y May 30, 2019

This lecture gives us a broad and brief overview of religion in Roman Britain but the majority of this lecture deals with the Vindolanda Tablets.

The Vindolanda tablets (also known as Vindolanda Letters) are thin pieces of wood about the size of a modern postcard, which were used as writing paper for the Roman soldiers garrisoned at the fort of Vindolanda between AD 85 and 130. Such tablets have been found at other Roman sites, including nearby Carlisle, but not in as much abundance. In Latin texts, such as those of Pliny the Elder, these kinds of tablets are referred to as leaf tablets or sectiles or laminae — Pliny used them to keep notes for his Natural History, written in the first century AD. (Excerpt Taken from Thought Co.)

This lecture deals with the tablets and the content they provide showing various aspects of the Roman frontier and the Romans who were stationed there.

Formation of the medieval English state from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings to the 14th century, tracing the developments in central and local government, its politics, social structure and its interaction with the rest of the British Isles and the Continent.

HIST-416 (2009-2010-Fall): Medieval British History
By: Asst. Prof. David E. Thornton

Attribution Link: http://video.bilkent.edu.tr/course_videos.php?courseid=13

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