Tablet 304

description

Inv.no.87.767. 92 x 10 mm. Plate IX.
A fragment of a leaf containing three lines, presumably of a letter. It is important because it contains a clear and unequivocal reference to the organisation of a census, which must be taken to apply to the frontier region. For arguments in favour of the universality of the provincial census see Brunt (1990), 329-35, citing evidence for the involvement of military personnel, which the Vindolanda text must also be taken to illustrate. The evidence for census procedures in Britain in this period is discussed by Frere (1987), 188-9; note particularly ILS 1338, the censitor Anauuorum in the north (cf. also Southern (1989), 97, PNRB 249-50), and ILS 2740, a censitor at Colchester.

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censús · administret · ụṇam n
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commentary

2. There appears to be an apex mark over u of census (see above, pp.57-61). The interpunct after census is very clear; at the left of after administret there is a mark which appears to be a serif but could easily be interpunct; for this reason we incline to prefer the reading we have given to the alternative administretuṛ ịam. census could then be understood as genitive singular and we could envisage it as part of a phrase such as ut actionem census administret. unam is then best taken as the beginning of a new sentence.

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