Tablet 271

description

Inv.no.85.222. 117 x 29 mm.
Three fragments of the right-hand portion of a diptych which appear to join, although this creates problems with the reading on the back nor can we suggest any connected sense for what we can read on the front. The letter is probably addressed to Cerialis.

edition

Front:
. . . . . . . .
quae ṃịṣeṛạṣ . ṃạu. f. b.. n
ap̣ụạṭ. ṇ... ụṃ... ạnum n
. . . . . . . .
Back:
ui traces n
F̣ḷạụịọ C̣ẹṛịạḷị
. . . . . . . .

commentary

Front.1. There may be traces of a line above this.

Front.2. apua, which appears to be a good reading, is a general term for "small fish", see Saint-Denis (1947), 8; cf. VRR III, 114.

Back.1. ui: in this position this can hardly be anything other than part of the name of the place to which the letter is being sent (cf. above, pp.43-5). ui is a good reading but it is very hard to read what follows as part of Vindolandae.

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