Small Roman Bronze Scribe Circa 50AD

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Small Roman Bronze Scribe Circa 50AD

This is a small Roman Scribe circa 50AD.
Found in the south of England by a metal detector.

For everyday use, the Roman cursive developed from the capitalis, optimised for active business use and correspondence. We know it from wax tablets, fragments of papyrus and graffiti. When Pompei and Herculaneum were excavated they found market traders such as greengrocers had marked the names and prices of their goods on the exterior walls of buildings as graffiti. Also there was graffiti such as we find in toilets today- who loves whom and so on. It is clear from the graffiti that the spoken language was very different in grammar and vocabulary from the classical Latin of Cicero, and already this 'vulgar Latin' was moving towards what would become the Romance languages - principally Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, French and Romanian. For instance they had developed words for he, she, it and the definite article, which classical Latin avoids by neat use of word order.

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