Tablet 197

description 42 x 70 mm.
A fragment from the top left-hand corner of a leaf containing a list perhaps comparable to 195 and 196; on the hand see 194 introduction. The large blank space at the top is noteworthy. The first two lines of the list are concerned with footwear rather than textile or household and culinary utensils. On Roman leatherware and footwear see van Driel-Murray (1985) and (1987) and on the finds at Vindolanda, R.E.Birley (1977), 125-6, VRR III, 1-75, esp. 31-47.


calceos [ n
galliculạ[s n
neariá [ n
. . . . . . . .


Gallic shoes
... for the baths (?) '


1. For calcei at Vindolanda see R.E.Birley (1977), 125.

2. gallicula[s: well-attested as the diminutive of gallica (for which see Cicero, Phil. 2.30.76, cum calceis et toga, nullis nec gallicis, nec lacerna, Ed. Diocl. 9.12-4); cf. RIB I 323 (Caerleon), do tibi palleum et galliculas.

3. neari: we suggest that we have the end of the word bal]nearia, for items of bath wear. For the apex mark over a short vowel (though here it might just conceivably be a large interpunct) see above, pp.59-60. The word is used absolutely in CIL 13.5708 and Tab.Sulis 63.2 (but not neuter) and in agreement with paxsa in Tab.Sulis 32 (cf. 196.11 note). Here, however, it might refer to footwear, see Charisius, Gramm. 1.77.2, balnearius fur, balnearis autem urceus erit et solea balnearis. We would need a neuter plural, perhaps calceamenta, Dionisotti (1982), 102, lines 55-6, deferte res ad balneum mutatoria, tollite soleas et caligulas et calciamenta. ... tolle res et balnearia. We might then restore gallicula[s (number) et calceamenta bal-/nearia. Other neuter words for footwear are calceamen and sandalium. R.E.Birley (1977), 125-6 suggests that wooden-soled slippers found in the pre-Hadrianic area at Vindolanda were for use in the bath-house. For an illustration of cork slippers of a later period van Driel-Murray refers us to Esperandieu (1922), 3127. Cf. P.Oxy.XXXI 2599.31 and 184.i.10 note.

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