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May 24, 2005

Roman fashion crime

The Flea presents an update to an earlier report of a Roman fashion crime: photographic evidence from Darlington of Roman Army socks and sandals.

According to Philippa Walton, a finds liaison officer at Newcastle University's Museum of Antiquities, the Romans may well have been putting comfort before style.

She said: "It is quite funny really that the soldiers were wearing these thick woolly socks. It could have been the fashion for a Roman soldier or it could have been because of the tough northern cold. ... There was a letter found at the Roman fort at Vindolanda, on Hadrian's Wall, from a soldier writing home asking for more socks."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 24, 2005 05:31 AM

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