Roman Britain

The Corpus Vindolandense gathers 761 ink-written tablets dating between the 1st and 3rd century AC, found at the auxiliary fort of Vindolanda, alongside the line of the Hadrian wall, Northumberland (for the adopted editions, cf. The Project).

Queries can be made through the Research page, which provides information both linguistic and extra-linguistic information. As for the other sections of Classes, all the forms that somehow diverge from the Classical norm have been annotated. These non-Classical forms have been classified according to the kind of variation encountered, which may involve orthography (and presumably also phonetics and phonology) and also morphology. In particular, the linguistic phenomena annotated concerns vocalism, consonantism and morpho-phonology.

It is also possible to search the lemmas found in this section in other textual and lexical sources, thanks to the linking to LiLa – Knowledge Base of Interoperable Linguistic Resources for Latin, a collection of both lexical and textual resources for Latin (corpora, lexica, ontologies, dictionaries, thesauri) made interoperable following the principles of the Linked Data paradigm.

As for the extra-linguistic aspect, dating and text type of the writing tablets have been annotated. Moreover, for what concerns the personal correspondence, it is possible to distinguish between male correspondence (sent by men) and female correspondence (sent by women), whereas for the official correspondence there are different sub-types, labelled as: Military reports (communication between officers regarding the activity of the garrison), Commeatus (application of leave to the prefect of the cohort), Numera (accounts of various types); memorandum (short communication left by one garrison to the other) and Commendatio (letters of reccomendations). Moreover, there are also texts classified as Literaria (writing exercises), miscellany (whose attribution is uncertain, but the text is readable), and descripta (whose text is too faded for reading a whole word without doubts about its reconstructions).

For further details concerning the annotation criteria, see the User Guide and Documentation.