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The Vindolanda Letters from Claudia Severa

ByJudith P. Hallett

Prior to the mid-1980s, the list of extant Latin writings by women of the classical era would have ended with the two-line fragment by Martial’s Sulpicia. In consequence this list would have been limited to women residing in the capital city of Rome itself. It would, moreover, have been restricted to women who came from what are known to have been leading families and literary circles (and, in the case of Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi, and the elegist Sulpicia, both).