Tablet 587

description

Inv.no.93.1493. 102 x 82 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
This fragment of an account written along the grain is complete only at the left. It is noteworthy for the fact that it contains a hitherto unattested name, Analeugus.

edition


. . . . . . . .
accepti porc̣ẹḷḷị [ n
V[[e]]arius n(umero) i [ n
Aṇạḷeugus n(umero) [ n
traces
. . . . . . . .

translation

'… of pork received …
Varius, number 1 s
Analeugus, number …
... '

commentary

1. Of the last five letters only the feet survive but we are confident of the reading, cf. 191.6; for the consumption of meat at Vindolanda see Pearce (2002). Presumably this is a heading or subheading in the account and for the genitive we can compare 180.1, ratio frumenti eṃ[ensi, and perhaps clauorum in 603.i.2. The syntax needs some explanation in view of the fact that the account reckons in numbers rather than by weight which is what we would expect in the case of meat. The individuals who are named in the nominative in lines 2 and 3 might be receiving pigs for consumption or they might be supplying livestock to someone in the fort or the praetorium (perhaps compare the supplies of chickens in 581 and 582). Another possibility is that we should supply a word such as membra on which the genitive is dependent. This might be supported by 196.back 1-2, c̣erui[ / membra n(umero) [, where we should perhaps restore c̣erui[nae]; see Appendix, ad loc., 198.1-2, and perhaps cf. 616.B.2, 672.a.1. For porcellus see also 191.6.

2. The reading assumes that e is crossed out with a diagonal stroke. Varius is a common name but it does not occur elsewhere in the tablets; here we could read Usarius corrected from Uxarius (cf. A.R.Birley (2001a), 247), but we cannot find any evidence for either of these names.

3. Aṇạḷeugus: this name is not attested but we are confident of the reading despite the fact that the bottoms of some letters are lost (pace A.R.Birley (2001a), 247, who records it as Anveugus). For Leuga- as a Celtic name element see AS II 197, 201.

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