Tablet 303

description

Inv.no.88.845.a-h. (a) 54 x 23 mm. (b) 76 x 28 mm. (c) 22 x 16 mm. (d) 25 x 20 mm. (e-h) small scraps.
Eight fragments of a diptych of which five (a-e) have significant amounts of writing. All were found together and all are in the same hand; we therefore presume that they belong to the same letter. (a) and (b) clearly form part of the left- and right-hand halves respectively; (b) has the remains of the address on the back; (c), (d) and (e) each have writing on both sides. We have not been able to join these or to establish their relationship to the large fragments (a) and (b). We may have a letter which was continued on the back of the left-hand half of the diptych to which fragments (c-e) would then belong (cf. 292). The difficulty with this is that the back of (a) is blank.
The tablet contains a letter from Privatus to Albiso but it has not been possible to extract any connected sense from the text. seru[ in e.2 suggests that this letter might come from the servile milieu (cf. 301, 302).

edition

a:
P̣riuatus Albisoṇ[i suo n
[salutem] n
accep̣i superius ... [
]bis ... [
. . . . . . . .
b:
. . . . . . . .
traces ụḅ.. met
traces tunt dom n
traces illịs me nul
. e. rụṃ.. bi [. 6 .] ṃ. ṣe n
. . . . . . . .
bBack:
Ạḷbisoni traces [ n
. . . . . . . .
c:
. . . . . . . .
t.. [
in. [
me. [
... [
. . . . . . . .
cBack:
. . . . . . . .
... corạ. [
i]ụdịc̣aui [
] ndicaḅị [ n
traces
. . . . . . . .
d:
. . . . . . . .
]ṇdum .. [
]ḷlum ... ṭem[
]ṣc.. traces [
. . . . . . . .
dBack:
. . . . . . . .
uic.... [
... hi quọd [ n
..... de. [
. . . . . . . .
e:
. . . . . . . .
] . o seru [ n
].... [
. . . . . . . .
eBack:
traces of 2 lines

commentary

a.1. P̣riuatus: the first letter is difficult; it may have been made in the tall, capital form but, if so, the top is abraded. The name, a common servile one, occurs in 190.c.26, 28, 31, 3where its bearer is probably a slave (see also 199, 415). The present text is attributed to a different period and since Privatus is the author of the letter he must be presumed to be somewhere other than Vindolanda. Albisoṇ[i: after o there is only a trace of the bottom of a vertical, which is compatible with n. Albisius is attested as a cognomen in CIL 13.6237 and as a gentilicium in CIL 12.3394 but we cannot read this here. It is likely that we have the dative of the name Albiso, attested only by Sidonius, Ep. 150.6 (see AS I 77, LAN 33). See b.back note.

a.2. superius: cf. 334.5. This may be followed by ịịị[, which is most naturally taken as the beginning of a date.

b.2. dom looks like a line-ending; no doubt part of domine but the word division is unexpected.

b.4. .e.rụṃ..bi: ṭịbi is possible.

bBack. The traces after Ạḷbisoni might be the beginning of the name of the owner if Albiso is a slave; it might be possible to read G̣ẹ....[ ("slave of Genialis" ((?)), cf. 301.back 8-9).

cBack.3. Probably part of the verb indico, cf. 334.2, but there are other possibilities.

dBack.2. ṃịhi is possible.

e.1. Since there are traces of writing below seru[ it is unlikely to be part of an address.

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