Tablet 706

description (a) 58 x 21 mm. (b) 88 x 25 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
Two fragments which do not join but which could both be from the same column. However, (b) has three lines written vertically in the left margin, whereas the left margin of (a) is blank. Since such vertical writing normally comes in the margin between the columns (see 643, introduction), this would suggest that (b) at any rate is from a right-hand column; the backs of both fragments are blank. There is almost certainly one instance of apex. The marginal writing is more cursively written and may be in a second hand.


. . . . . . . .
traces n
continuo . [ n
scripsisti p̣r[
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . .
c̣ircum equiṭes ṣ. [
immó sollicitaṇṭ [
]inem ạ .. [ n
] opto sis .. ḥ [
] tiụs .... [ n


a.1-2. There is at least one descender visible above and to the left of continuo, which suggests line 1 was either the salutation or the first line of the letter proper. Margin

Margin.1. We could also articulate ]ine (e.g. dom]ine) mạ-.2.sis: on the form of the second s see 645.20. note. After sis it is impossible to read felicissimus (as in 264.3-4, 310.20, 645.19).

Margin.3. tiụs: if this is the correct reading, u is no more than a horizontal stroke linked to s. The closing greeting in 628 ends sis mihi propitius. uale and we think it very likely that we have here sis ṃịḥ[i | propi]tiụs. This in turn suggests that what follows may be a cursively written uale, with u again no more than a horizontal linking to the letter following. 628 is not in the same hand as 706 but may be from the same writer, Masc(u)lus: note that he is a decurio and there is a reference to equites in 706.

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