Clodius Super to his Cerialis, greetings. I ask that you send the things which I need for the use of my boys...which you well know I cannot properly get hold of here... So writes a Roman soldier stationed on the wild northern frontier of England around AD 100. In 1973, the first discoveries were made of the now famous wooden tablets - 300 letters and documents that had survived 2000 years - at the fort of Vindolanda. Painstakingly deciphered by Alan Bowman and David Thomas they have contributed a wealth of evidence for daily life in the Roman Empire. From the military documents we learn of the strength and activities of the units stationed at Vindolanda. The accounts testify to the lifestyle of officers and ordinary soldiers, with payments for pepper and oil, towels and tallow, boots and beer. Then there are snapshots of domestic life in letters between the officer´s wives, including a birthday invitation. Most fascinating of all is the evidence for a high degree of literacy in the Roman army, when even a common soldier receives a letter from home promising him a parcel of socks. In this revised, expanded and updated edition, Alan Bowman´s lively summary of this evidence is followed by the text of 50 key tablets, in Latin and in translation, bringing the reader very close to the actual people who inhabited Vindolanda in AD 100.
One wintry night in Wyoming, a group of men come calling to collect a debt - the life and service of Stone, the young woman at the center of this strange and mythical frontier tale. Stone was promised to the mysterious Wranglers as payment for her father´s debt, but when they come to take her on her 13th birthday, she escapes. Guided by the advice of three wise women, Stone and her friend, Thomas, set out into the wilderness on a journey to confront her father and uncover the truth about her origins. But the woods are filled with horrors the travelers could never have imagined. And there are powerful forces working to make sure they don´t succeed. How will Stone´s young life be transformed by her mystical quest? Brittany Tuttle is a graduate of Colorado State University´s creative writing program and won an award from Zoetrope: All-Story while still a student there. Her work has been featured in several online and print publications. She grew up in Colorado and now lives in Western North Carolina with her family. She is at work on a novel. This is a short audiobook published by Shebooks - high-quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ana Byers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023650/bk_adbl_023650_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To keep his wife in furs, a smuggler sneaks a painting across the Spanish frontier... It is 1948, and few in Belgium live comfortably enough to haggle over payment - particularly those who make their living outside the law. Kek Huuygens is an exception. As far as his wife knows, this dapper gentleman is an art appraiser who moves in the finest circles. But although Kek knows all there is to know about art, he does not appraise it. He moves it - from one thief to another. Kek is the finest smuggler in Europe, and he charges accordingly. After all, his wife has expensive taste. A miniature masterpiece by the Dutchman Frans Hals has gone missing from Sotheby´s. Kek has 24 hours to move it from Brussels to Madrid, avoiding all the police of Western Europe and a murderous thief who feels he has been double crossed. The job will make him a fortune - if he survives long enough to collect it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: P. J. Ochlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023273/bk_adbl_023273_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.