Roman iron stylus unearthed in the City of London bears 'welcome gift' inscription


Blackleaf
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It's a familiar slogan you’ve read on any number of cheap modern-day tourist souvenirs: ‘My dad went to wherever and all he got me was this lousy...’

But a remarkable archaeological find suggests vendors had a similar sense of humour nearly 2,000 years ago.

I came to London in 70AD and all I got you was a lousy pen: Roman iron stylus unearthed in the City of London bears 'welcome gift' inscription


Roman stylus pen was found underneath Bloomberg's European HQ building

Archaeological specialist said was one of the most 'human' Roman London finds

Excavations between 2010 and 2014, experts recovered about 14,000 artefacts


By Michael Powell for The Mail on Sunday
28 July 2019

It's a familiar slogan you’ve read on any number of cheap modern-day tourist souvenirs: ‘My dad went to wherever and all he got me was this lousy...’

But a remarkable archaeological find suggests vendors had a similar sense of humour nearly 2,000 years ago.

A Roman iron stylus pen unearthed in the City of London and dated around 70AD, bears the inscription: ‘I have come from the city. I bring you a welcome gift with a sharp point that you may remember me.


A Roman iron stylus pen unearthed in the City of London and dated around 70AD, bears the inscription: ‘I have come from the city. I bring you a welcome gift with a sharp point that you may remember me'

‘I ask, if fortune allowed, that I might be able to give as generously as the way is long and my purse is empty.’

And perhaps in contrast to today’s recipients of the slogan’s modern equivalent, archaeologists have hailed the poetry and humour on the stylus.

Michael Marshall, a senior Roman finds specialist, said: ‘It’s one of the most human objects from Roman London.

‘It’s very unpretentious and witty. It gives you a real sense of the person who wrote it.’

The pen was found during excavations underneath Bloomberg’s European headquarters near the Cannon Street Tube station on the bank of the river Walbrook, a now-lost tributary of the Thames.


The pen was found during excavations underneath Bloomberg’s European headquarters (pictured) near the Cannon Street Tube station


During the excavations between 2010 and 2014, experts recovered about 14,000 artefacts which archaeologists are continuing to work through.

Due to corrosion, the inscription on the 5in stylus – used to scratch letters on a wax-covered tablet – was exceptionally difficult to read and became legible only after painstaking work by conservators.

Paul Roberts, curator at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum where the stylus is on display, said: ‘I’ve never seen anything quite like it.’

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NZDoug
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"Saluto Romano"
To the greater glory of Rome.
 
Curious Cdn
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Stolen from an Hotelus along with two towelii.
 
NZDoug
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Stolen from an Hotelus along with two towelii.

The Roman Army just needed bread and wine when rollin`.
Me too.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

The Roman Army just needed bread and wine when rollin`.
Me too.

Oh, the occasional mass genocide cheered them on their way, too.

Nothing like killing all the men and making slaves of all of the women and children.

"Roman tourism".
 
NZDoug
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Oh, the occasional mass genocide cheered them on their way, too.
Nothing like killing all the men and making slaves of all of the women and children.
"Roman tourism".

I took a pass on the killing bit.
Lock up yoar daughters!
 
NZDoug
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Quote: Originally Posted by nzdoug View Post

the roman army just needed bread and wine when rollin`.
Me too.

i forgot cheese !
Wtf !!!
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

i forgot cheese !
Wtf !!!

And a few Brittonic whores. They probably spent a long time away from their girlfriends and wives.
 
NZDoug
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

And a few Brittonic whores. They probably spent a long time away from their girlfriends and wives.

I think they originated the toast
"To our girl friends and wives, may the never meet!"
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

I think they originated the toast

"To our girl friends and wives, may the never meet!"


More than likely.


It's almost certain that the odd Roman soldier, stationed in the mysterious, cold, desolate, northernmost reaches of the Roman Empire, inhabited by a rebellious and warlike bunch of tattooed barbarians who didn't take too kindly to being ruled by a foreign power - so no change there then - spent part of their wages on acquiring a ginger-haired, black-toothed, filthy local whore to suck his dick for two minutes whenever he was bored.
 
MHz
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https://www.redressonline.com/2019/0...ionist-racism/
Veteran justice campaigner Pete Gregson set to be expelled from the UK’s Labour Party for opposing Zionist racism



Britain’s Labour Party is set to expel yet another member for voicing opposition to Zionist racism and Israeli apartheid. Pete Gregson, chair of LAZIR – Labour Against Zionist Islamophobic Racism – and veteran campaigner for justice for the Palestinian people, has been given the red card by the party’s Disputes Team, which is riddled with Zionist racists – members of the so-called “Jewish Labour Movement”, a pro-Israeli apartheid body embedded within the Labour Party.
Below is his response to the Disputes Team which he has also sent to the Labour Leader’s Office, all 39 members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and its Complaints Team. His final submission to the Disputes Team is in the embedded document at the end of this page.
Text of Pete Gregson’s submission to the Labour Party Disputes Team

I write to complain about the 50 questions that were put to me a week ago by the [Labour Party] Disputes Team, demanding an answer within 7 days. They seek confidentiality, but the Legal and Governance Unit, of which they form part, breaches confidentiality whenever it suits. My suspension from the party was broadcast to the Jewish News a week before I knew of it.
There are big problems with the Disputes Team. The [BBC] Panorama programme that slated Labour about bogus anti-Semitism did not reveal the most important problem: that we are still riddled with fifth-columnists at HQ.
These people, clearly from the JLM [Jewish Labour Movement], do not favour a Labour government under Corbyn and are doing their best to expel leftie Labour activists like me. They support apartheid in Israel; they have not a care about how much their questioning reflects a bias; not once do they acknowledge Israel’s racist nature. By siding with that racist colony so enthusiastically, they betray the most appalling Islamophobia.
They cannot comprehend how much they undermine Labour’s commitment to social justice. They undermine our ability to combat racism. They are utterly in breach of the rulebook. In short, one wonders not only why they are in Labour but why they have been recruited into this most sensitive area of Labour investigations, that of anti-Semitism, when they exhibit such flagrant support for the Zionist creed.
I disagree with Corbyn’s statement that the Labour Party must be a home for Zionists. In the same breath, almost, he says we must support the Palestinians also. Yet Zionists are relentlessly expansionist for yet more land from Arabs in the Middle East, in addition to what they have already stolen from Palestine. They will never accommodate the Arabs and give them equality, for by definition their state must be Jewish. That means, to them, that Jews always must rule and all other ethno-religious groups must lose out. Corbyn’s position is therefore contradictory. He cannot support Zionists in Labour, for that means supporting racism and the ubiquitous Islamophobia they peddle.
I hope the complaints team will investigate how many of the Disputes Team are in the JLM and reflect upon the pro-Zionist nature of that body. I hope they see we must replace these racists with non-racists for without such a rational action we shall face many more attacks from within. Our Labour Party can no longer tolerate this bogus anti-Semitism, for it risks promoting real antagonism against Jews.
For every time one challenges a Zionist, they retort that they are a Jew. But that is an insult to proper Jews. As Rabbi Cohen says in my attached statement to the Disputes Team [see document below],
Judaism is an ancient, ethical, moral, compassionate and religious way of life. Going back, as stated earlier, thousands of years. Whereas Zionism (the movement and concept that begat the State of Israel) is a nationalistic, harsh, inconsiderate, secular and racist way of life, barely 120 years old, a totally new concept. It is totally incompatible with and diametrically unacceptable to Judaism on grounds of religious belief and religious humanitarian grounds.
So, there you have it. These Zionists are incompatible with Judaism. Let’s see the back of them.