We ply an ancient craft we pearl sellers.
I was watching a documentary series on the BBC last week and the Oxford prof who has made it was reading out the inscription on a roadside tomb marker for one Gaius Attilius Euhodes. He was a pearl seller in ancient rome.
I have asked Dr Beard if she can furnish any more details but it makes me just a little warm to think of the connection through time.
We are margaretarius and margaretaria(if I have the latin right (it is 47 years since I studied latin)
The clip is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode..._Lead_to_Rome/
and right at the end - 56.43.