Tablet 161

description 175 x 61 mm.
The left-hand portion of a very large diptych (compare 154) with two notches and two tie-holes in the left-hand edge. At the left there are remains of perhaps 12 lines written along the grain. The text may be a simple list of names, cf. 365, 367, 491, P.Quseir al-Quadim 18 (Bagnall (1986)); the surface is abraded at the right and if there was any writing in this area, which one might expect if it were an account, it has completely disappeared. The hand looks similar to that of 154; since the two tablets were found in close proximity it is possible that this is a list of soldiers of the cohors i Tungrorum. Of the names we have deciphered, almost all of which are common, only Expeditus, Fuscus and Verecund..... might occur elsewhere, the first in a request for leave attributed to a different period (171.a.1 and note), the second in an account (206.back 5) and the third in 457.


. . . . . . . .
traces of 2 lines n
Sẹttius n
5 Ẹxpediṭuṣ n
Verecund..... n
..le. n
10 traces of 3 lines(?)
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1. It is possible that this line commences slightly further to the left than the subsequent lines and that it begins with a centurial sign (cf. 184.i.1).

4. The name looks most like Settius but the cross-bar of e may be illusory; the alternative is Sittius. Both names are listed as gentilicia in RNGCL.

5. Expeditus: the first letter is obscured by dirt but the reading is inescapable.

7. Verecund.....: although the end of the name is abraded there is no doubt that there is more than Verecundus; optio (cf. 127.7) is not possible. NPEL lists Verecundinus as a cognomen (3 instances) and Verecundinius as a gentilicium (5 instances in Gallia Belgica); it is likely that we have one of these but the traces are so abraded that it is impossible to be sure which is a more plausible reading.

8. This is difficult because of the grain of the wood; it seems to end in -les, although Celer (so VRR II, 25) should perhaps not be ruled out.

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