Events & Conferences* University of Lincoln, first annual Roman Lecture
University of Lincoln, first annual Roman Lecture
Roman cursive writing and writing tablets
Registration 5.30pm; lecture 6pm
Stephen Langton Building (map)

Classicist and cursive Latin expert, Dr Roger Tomlin, shares some of the very latest news in Roman archaeology in the University of Lincoln’s inaugural Roman Lecture.

In his talk, Dr Tomlin talks about the discovery of the ‘Bloomberg Tablets’, Britain’s largest, earliest and most significant collection of Roman waxed writing tablets that were uncovered during the excavation of a site in central London.

Over 400 writing tablets were uncovered during the excavation, many of which were successfully deciphered by Dr Tomlin in a process he has been quoted as describing as “code-breaking”.

During the lecture, Dr Tomlin will introduce the audience to the Roman use of waxed stylus tablets and discuss some of the problems associated with reading and deciphering them when they have lost their wax. He will also share some of the best examples from the Bloomberg collection, using them to paint a picture of businessmen and soldiers in early Roman London.

Dr Tomlin has written about his involvement in deciphering and translating 90 of the Roman writing-tablets in his book, ‘Roman London’s first voices: writing tablets from the Bloomberg London excavations, 2010–14’.

This lecture is free to attend but prior booking is essential.

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