Tablet 305

description 186 x 56 mm.
A diptych containing remains of two columns of a letter. The left-hand portion preserves remains of 5 lines of the first column and the right much abraded traces of 7 or 8 lines of the second. The back of the left-hand side also has abraded traces of 4 lines which indicates that the letter was continued on the reverse of the leaf (cf. 292, 303). The address as usual is written on the back of the right-hand portion. We have been unable to read anything except odd letters of the text on the front of the right-hand side or the back of the left. On the latter, it looks as if we might have a second hand, although what can be made out does not suggest any of the familiar closing formulae. The main hand is an unremarkable cursive which uses the apex mark in the address.


. . . . . . . .
[.....] ḥaḅẹṣ quid ergọ
a te ịṃpetrauerim re-
n mi ut ... [ . ] .... n
5 ḥis . ḅ [ . ] .. [ n
. . . . . . . .
traces of 7/8 lines
traces of 4 lines
Vettió Seueró n
.. [ n
. . . . . . . .


i.3. The very long tail of a at the beginning of the line is noteworthy. ịṃpetrauerim: although the first two letters are very faint, the reading is not in doubt (cf. 255.ii.12).

i.4. mi: for the contracted form cf. 343.i.10, ii.23. After ut only the tops of letters survive.

i.5. ḥis .ḅ[: the last letter might be l. Thereafter only traces of the tops of letters survive.

iiBack.1. Both elements of the name are extremely common. For Vettius cf. 214.1 note; Severus occurs in 349.6 and 301.i.1 (the latter probably a slave). Vettius Severus does not occur elsewhere in the Vindolanda texts and is not likely to be identical with either of the other individuals with this cognomen. The attestation of T.Vettius Severus, the prefect of cohors iv Hispanorum (PME V81), is too late to be relevant. See next note.

iiBack.2. ..[: the only certain traces are of the tops of two letters (there may be some further traces to the right but it is impossible to be sure whether these are ink). It is probable that these belong with the name of the addressee rather than the sender, since they are not written on an upward slant. The traces are compatible with p̣ṛ and the spacing would allow p̣ṛ[aef(ecto) coh(ortis). It must be stressed, however, that this is extremely uncertain (cf. VRR II, 27, 30).

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