Tablet 579

description

Inv.no.93.1552. 59 x 25 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
This fragment of a renuntium is complete at the top and the right. The hand, whose only notable characteristic is the use of a serif on the right-hand stroke of an angular u, is not immediately identifiable with any other in this category of report. The restoration of line 3 presents a problem which suggests a possible variation in the formula (see note). The back is blank.

edition


] ṣ ṛenuntium n
coh (ortis) [vii]ịi Batauorum
...... ] . […… ]… .. de n
. . . . . . . .

commentary

1. is the final letter of the month-name which will have preceded ṛenuntium.

3. Elsewhere the formula following the name of the unit is omnes ad loca (or occasionally locum) qui debunt. Here the trace visible at the left suits the top of d and the amount lost at the left is suitable for the restoration of omnes a]ḍ. At the right the tops of u and i can be read before de and the reading q̣ụị (or perhaps [q]ụị) de/[bunt] is satisfactory. The problem is that it is hardly possible to read lo]c̣ạ and locum looks even harder; nor would there really be room for an adjective qualifying loca. The only possibilities which have occurred to us are either that there is some erasure and correction of loca or that there is a variation in the formula, perhaps a place-name or another word such as castra, or stationes (guard-posts), see RMR 9, passim, 58.ii.14; station]ẹṣ might just be reconciled with the traces although there is no sign of the top of the intitial s which we might expect.

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