Floronius, privileged soldier of the 7th legion, was here.
Gaius Valerius Venustus, soldier of the 1st praetorian cohort, in the century of Rufus, screwer of women
O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.
Docilianus...to the most holy goddess Sulis. I curse him who has stolen my hooded cloak, whether man or woman, whether slave or free, that [...] the goddess Sulis inflict death upon [...] and not allow him sleep or children now and in the future, until he has brought my hooded cloak to the temple of her divinity.
I, for one, would love to know how it was that Romans calculated their calendar system and knew what year it was!
Benefiel explained that the graffiti is incised into the wall plaster and all anyone would need was a sharp implement. "It was pretty easy to carve the stucco," she said. She also found that because it's much easier to carve a vertical line into the grain of the plaster and harder to make a horizontal line, the three horizontal strokes of the letter E (a common letter in Latin) were turned into two vertical strokes.
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