Edition - May, 2012

Figure 1. Hans Winkler Site 21 - The "Pophis" rock shelter

Vernacular Voices: Phopis, A Romano-Egyptian

In the transition to Late Antiquity, an undercurrent of vernacular culture across the Roman Empire was beginning to reassert its voice, as people on the margins of society grew in confidence. Many people were illiterate, or at least were only able to write their own name. So how can we be sure when and how this happened? One way is to listen to the voices of local people and ordinary travellers, as they took their rest in the shade.  [more…]