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If she'd 'ave kept on goin' down that way she'd 'ave gone straight to that castle.

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stacysix asked: I apologize if I misread the Tumblr attributions, but re: Brave/Rapunzel, I think you wrote "And of course, the former Romans living and working in Scotland at the time would have no written record of their activities or appearance because no one cared." Please google: Roman soldier letters. The first result I got was from a POC, and was quite cool. Then add "Scotland" to your search. Look for the Vindolanda Letters. Again, I'm sorry if I misattributed that statement to you. Thanks.

medievalpoc:

biromanatees-like-cats:

I’m going to use this in something I’m writing, and also it’s absolutely hilarious and amazing, and if you haven’t read it and laughed and then looked into it, you should do.

If there is anything that ever existed that needs at least 800 of everything written about it, it’s freezing African Romans in Scotland writing home for socks and underwear.

There is an online searchable database for the Vindolanda tablets here.

This is the letter about the socks (from the sender):

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medievalpoc:

AHHHH HA HA HA HA HA

AHHHHHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

OH MY GOD

THERE’S SO MUCH DOCUMENTATION

Incoming mail (tablet 346) is also revealing: ‘I have sent you … pairs of socks from Sattua, two pairs of sandals and two pairs of underpants.’  It was obviously a bit cold for soldiers on the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.

THE SOCKS ARE STILL THERE:

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They wore them with sandals, apparently, before they gave up and went to boots.

I JUST CANNOT…I HAD NO CLUE ABOUT ANY OF THIS.

THEY JUST KEEP FINDING THEM:

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40,000+ ROMAN SOLDIERS IN SCOTLAND: WE’RE FREEZING PLEASE SEND MORE SOCKS.

THIS IS THE BEST WRONG I’VE EVER BEEN.

"… I have sent (?) you … pairs of socks from Sattua, and two pairs of underpants, two pairs of sandals … Greet …ndes, Elpis, Iu…, …enus, Tetricus and all your messmates with whom I pray that you live in the greatest good fortune."

^ Say hi to Tetricus and them for me