Tablet 177

description

Inv.no.85.186.a. 65 x 24 mm.
A fragment of a leaf with two lines of writing. There may be a notch in the right-hand edge. There is certainly a reference to commeatus (see note to line 1) and it is possible that this is part of a request for leave, with an additional detail which the others appear not to have. Thus one might envisage something like rogo me dignum habeas cui des commeatum et scribas ...no praefecto [at the place where I wish to spend the leave]. The fact that this text was found in close proximity to some of the other requests for leave (note particularly 176) perhaps favours this notion. Alternatively, it might simply be a letter from someone mentioning that he intended to obtain leave and had written or was about to write to the prefect of his unit.

edition


. . . . . . . .
] mmeatum et scri- n
] ..ṇo praefecto n
. . . . . . . .

commentary

1. ]mmeatum: the restoration of co]mmeatum is inescapable. Following that, scri-/[bas] would fit as a parallel to des, if what we have is a request for leave.

2. praefecto: on either of the reconstructions suggested above, the prefect would be somewhere other than Vindolanda. ]fino (e.g. Ru]fino) is compatible with the traces; another possibility is ]e.uo; this could be the end of name, but if the last three letters were the dative or ablative of tuus, this would suggest a different construction.

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