Tablet 269

description (a) 55 x 36 mm. (b) 25 x 22 mm.
A substantial fragment and two small joining pieces from the right-hand side of a leaf containing part of a letter to Cerialis. The small pieces do not directly join the larger, but the configuration of the address on the back shows that they must be placed to the left in the lower section and we have hypothetically reconstructed lines 2-4 on this basis. There is a v-shaped notch in the edge of the large fragment.


. . . . . . . .
]. mus seḍetsimi n
. [ ] ṃp.. bo quod n
aụ[tem im]petrem rescribe n
mị[hi [...] . ịṃ.. .......
. . . . . . . .
Flauiọ [ Ce] ṛịạḷị n
traces n
. . . . . . . .


Front.1. This could be articulated sed etsi mi- but perhaps better is sed et simi-. There is no particular reason to connect this with Flavius Similis of 235 and 254.

Front.2. There is only room for two letters between mp and bo and we suggest that the likeliest readings are i]mplebo or co]mplebo ("but I will also complete/fill similar ...").

Front.3. The first letter on the small fragment to the left is certainly a, the second very probably u; au [ tem] is the right length and makes good sense. For petrem the only plausible supplement seems to be im]petrem (perhaps "write back what it is you want me to get"); cf. 255.ii.12.

Back.1. Only the middle sections of the letters ria are preserved and there are only very abraded traces of what follows, but in view of the gentilicium and the location of the tablet we are confident of the reading.

Back.2. The line below presumably has praef(ecto) coh(ortis) but the traces are not substantial enough to suggest a reading.

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