Tablet 268

description

Inv.no.85.188. 64 x 47 mm.
Three joining fragments of a leaf containing part of a letter to Cerialis. It seems probable that we have the ends of some lines in the left-hand column, which overran the fold, and the beginnings of lines in the right-hand column. What is preserved of the address on the back shows that between a third and a half of the line length in the right-hand column is missing. The preserved part of the text seems to be referring to the despatch of something. The hand uses a high percentage of ligatures which, in view of the small amount remaining, make it very difficult to read.

edition

i:
. . . . . . . .
[ ]. n
[ ]ṇo
[ ]
[ ]i
. . . . . . . .
ii:
. . . . . . . .
comṃ[ n
tibi missi [ n
ẹq̣ụịṭem ex ṭ[ n
goressẹt [ n
5 traces
. . . . . . . .
Back:
[ Flauio] Ceriaḷi n
[ praef(ecto)] c̣ọh(ortis) n
. . . . . . . .

translation

'... I have sent to you ... through (?) a cavalryman from ... (Back) To Flavius Cerialis, prefect of the cohort. '

commentary

i.1. It is not certain that the marks at the edge of the leaf are ink.

ii.2. missi: see the references given in 255.i.6-8 note.

ii.3-4. equitem: only the tops of the first two letters survive. e is not difficult, though f is possible; q is very difficult indeed and virtually nothing survives except the top of a vertical, meeting the cross-bar of the previous letter. We have considered fuissem as an alternative, but while the rest of the letters are possible u is impossible. If equitem is correct, one can imagine, e.g., [noun] tibi missi per [ N] / equitem ex turma [ N] or tibi missi N / equitem ex turma [ N] (though the second name would have to be short); but this does not take account of the difficulty of articulating the word or words in line 4. goresset: there is a space between o and r which suggests a division between words, and the penultimate letter might be i (e.g. si ergo res sit ...); if it is gor esset we must have a noun-ending, e.g. fulgor.

Back.2. The c has apparently been corrected, perhaps from f.

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