Tablet 135

description

Inv.no.85.168. 70 x 20 mm. Plate VI. Bowman and Thomas (1987), no.2A. R.E.Birley (1990), Fig.20. VRR II, Plate VI.
The hand in which this report is written is of good quality. The top and right-hand margin are preserved intact and the largest of three detached scraps supplies part of lines 3-4. The second and third scraps contain part of the date in line 1. It is noteworthy that the date stands alone in line 1, with a medial point and a uacat following. The other side of the leaf contains four lines of a text written in a tiny script, the nature of which we have not been able to elucidate (394).

commentary

1. Id]us, ed. pr. One of the small fragments can now be seen to supply the beginning of Idus, with us and the beginning of the month-name on another. The position of these scraps, which can have had no more than four letters before what survives, was probably far enough to the left to make Ma[ rti]as the more probable reading.

3. imm, ed. pr. The word omnes is what we now expect at the beginning of the line and it is not difficult to read the first three letters; the trace before the break is compatible with e. The loss implied by the previous line would just about accommodate the three more letters needed before loca. In the latter, c is curiously written almost exactly like p in impe- at the end of the line.

4. The trace at the right-hand end of the line which is signalled in the ed. pr. may not be ink. There is, however, a trace in the middle of the line which is probably the top of a. This would permit the restoration renunti]a[u-. Another possibility is that we have the same addition as in 127.4 (cf. 130.6);[ praesenti]a is perhaps not too long for the available space.

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