Tablet 308

description

Inv.no.87.780. 98 x 15 mm.
Two joining fragments which preserve parts of three lines from the start of a letter. It is remarkable that the writing slants upwards and is not written, as usual, straight along the grain.

edition


traces(?) Atto Atṭ .. ị... [ n
salutem
]. [ .] . [. ] ạḷere n
. . . . . . . .

commentary

1. For the name Atto see 345.i.1-2, ii.3 (cf. 320.2). Note that here there may be traces of two to three letters before Atto which could be the end of his gentilicium. What follows should be the name of the recipient and it is very strange that it too appears to begin Att-; indeed a possible reading is Attọṇị (though n is difficult). No doubt it is just possible that this is correspondence between two men both of whom had a fairly uncommon cognomen, but in view of the possible repetition, it is perhaps worth considering whether this is just a draft or writing-exercise in which the writer has used a name, perhaps his own, exempli gratia.

3. b]ẹ [ n] ẹ [ u] ạlere could be read but would be unexpected at the beginning of a letter (cf. perhaps 311.i.3)

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