Tablet 319

description 109 x 30 mm.
A fragment containing the beginning of a letter to a praefectus of a cohort. Very little of the message survives but the tablet is unusual in that the address has been written on the back of what would normally be expected to be the left-hand portion of the diptych rather than the right. Alternatively, we may have a letter which began on the right-hand portion, like 343. We prefer the first hypothesis but it cannot, of course, be proved. Neither the sender nor the addressee can be identified elsewhere in the tablets.


Libṛ.... Ṿeraniọ ṣụọ n
.. bi aliquanḍọ ..... ṛạṃ n
.. qu...... [
5 traces
. . . . . . . .
traces n
praef(ecto) coh(ortis)
Ḷịḅ ..... ( centuriae) ...... n


Front.1. Libṛ....: we are confident of the first three letters and if the fourth is r rather than a (note that RNGCL cites Libanius) we can see no possibility other than that this is a contraction of Liber-. Of the cognomina listed in NPEL and RNGCL, Lib(e)ranus, Lib(e)ratus (or -ius), Lib(e)rarius and Lib(e)rinus, the last seems to us least awkward for both front and back. Ṿeraniọ: there is very little trace of the last letter but it may have an apex mark over it, as may the following ṣụọ. The first five letters are reasonably secure and Veranius is attested as a cognomen (for an occurrence at Trier see CIL 13.11888); Cleranius is also attested (see RNGCL) but only as a gentilicium.

Front.3. ṭịbi is what we might expect but the second letter looks like a clear e and ṣẹbi looks like a plausible reading (cf. 184.ii.22 etc.).

Back.1. The traces are not substantial enough to enable us to suggest a reading. Their position implies rather a large gap on the front above the first line, which is odd.

Back.3. The traces at the left are compatible with ạ Ḷịḅṛịṇo. The following letters presumably belong to his title or position, perhaps beginning with a centurial sign and followed by a name of or 6 letters of which the second may be x.

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