M.E. Taylor is a native of Gloucestershire and so grew up in a county in England in which the remains of many Roman buildings, military and domestic, may be seen today. This generated a lifetime of fascination with our Roman ancestors and their lifestyles. She is a member of several historical and archaeological societies and a volunteer at a local Roman museum. Her favourite pastime is visiting Roman sites in Britain and Europe in the company of like-minded friends. Her interest extends to an interest in Roman cookery and in a garden containing only plants from the Roman Empire (subsequently many native plants which sensible gardeners call ‘weeds’).