Understanding some of the content of the Vindolanda tablets requires
a knowledge of more specialised aspects of Roman life and terminology.
This illustrated reference guide contains an introduction to some
of these. The information can be accessed by reading the appropriate
thematic element, or searching the text and images.
This guide is largely restricted to terms and information in the
Vindolanda tablets and is only intended as an introduction to complex
and controversial topics. Commentaries and notes on the tablets
linked via the reference section provide more relevant information.
Futher online information can also be found on the links
The guide is divided into the following sections:
Names – the elements of a Roman
Auxiliary units – the composition
of auxiliary units
Military ranks – army ranks in
the Vindolanda tablets
Numerals – the representation
of numbers in the tablets
Dates and events – the Roman calendar,
major events in early Roman Britain
Currency – Roman coinage denominations
Weights and measures - units of capacity