Tablet 336

description

Inv.no.86.367. 52 x 26 mm.
Part of the right-hand portion of a diptych containing the ends of four lines of a letter, written in a rather crude hand with thick strokes and much use of serifs; those on i and u are noteworthy. There are remains of an address on the back.

edition

Front:
. . . . . . . .
]ṛunt f̣aṭịgạṭ . e n
]milare ad usum n
] . t enim aḍ ca[[. ]]s. r n
]ẹraṃ ạḍịṛe Vin- n
. . . . . . . .
Back:
traces n
. . . . . . . .

commentary

Front.1. f̣aṭigạṭ.e: the reading is uncertain but is compatible with the traces. Possibly e]ṛunt f̣aṭịgạṭạe with reference to mules, see 314.1 note.

Front.2. Perhaps the end of similare (for simulare) or a compound. The m at the end of usum has a long tail.

Front.3. ca[[.]]s.r: the letter between s and r looks like i but might be read as t. We would expect castra but there is no sign of final a even though there would have been room to squash it in; a word division with a on the next line is not credible. We might have a simple error of omission (castr<a>) or an unusual word-division castr/orum followed by an accusative noun with ad. The alternative reading adcasịr seems to lead nowhere.

Front.4. We could envisage ạḍịṛe Vin-/[dolandam, but there are other possibilities (e.g. Vin-/[ouia, cf. 185.26).

Back.1. Tops of letters at the beginning of the name of the addressee. It may be just possible to reconcile the traces with F̣ḷạụị[o; thereafter no reading can be offered.

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