Tablet 313

description

Inv.no.88.929. 86 x 37 mm. Plate XIV.
A fragment of a tablet containing part of a letter written by the same hand as 213 which is a letter from Curtius Super to Cassius Saecularis. It is very cursively written with numerous ligatures. The presumption is that this letter is from the same person, whether or not he wrote it himself, but the recipient and the time of writing may be different.

edition


. . . . . . . .
sacerdoṭem quem n
rogo ut ad Verecun-
dum
n p̣raef(ectum) de f̣es- n n
. . . . . . . .

translation

'... the priest whom I ask that you send (?) to Verecundus the prefect about the festival (?) ... '

commentary

1. sacerdoṭem: this could be a cognomen and it does occur as such, although only twice, in the area covered by NPEL. In view of f̣es- in line 3, however, it seems more likely to refer to a priest.

2-3. Verecundum: it is possible that the reference is to Iulius Verecundus, prefect of the First Cohort of Tungrians (see 154.2-3 and 210-2), although the cognomen is very common. The presence of the letter at Vindolanda suggests that Verecundus ought to be somewhere else; since it is attributed to Period 3 and it is probable that the evidence for his presence at Vindolanda belongs in Period 2, it may well be that he and his unit had moved on or that he had moved to a different unit.

3. p̣raef(ectum): the initial p is obscured by dirt but there is no doubt about the reading. Abbreviation of the word in the body of a letter is noteworthy.

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