Tablet 177

description 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 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.


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


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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