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Among the families of Roman soldiers defending the northwest frontier of the empire, along the future line of Hadrian's Wall, a birthday party is being planned at the end of the 1st century. Claudia Severa sends an invitation to her sister:

'Claudia Severa to her Lepidina, greetings. On the third day before the Ides of September, sister, for the day of the celebration of my birthday, I give you a warm invitation to make sure that you come to us, to make the day more enjoyable for me by your arrival. Give my greetings to your Cerealis. My Aelius and my little son send their greetings. I shall expect you, sister. Farewell, sister, my dearest soul, as I hope to prosper, and hail.'

Alan Bowan Life and letters on the Roman frontier, British Museum Press 1994, pages 127, 54-5

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