Tablet 592

description 21 x 92 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG. Period: 3.
A fragment containing the beginnings of 10 lines of an account or list written across the grain. The tablet is complete at the left and possibly at the foot, although the cut edge suggests that this might be the top half of a diptych. The back is blank. The nature and purpose of the list can only be a matter of speculation. We note that some of the items have medicinal uses (cf. 591, introd.).


. . . . . . . .
[[ .]] `m´el n
beṭạ [ n
ung[ (u)ent] n
5 oua [ n
saḅ . [ n
p̣ult. [ n
bubu[ n
coll [ n
. . . . . . . .


', honey, beet, ointment, eggs, sand (?), a cooking-pot (?), beef, pasta (?) '


2. It appears that the writer first began a different entry, but realised his mistake after writing the first letter, which could well be p; this he deleted, writing m above it. Honey also occurs in 192.7 (and cf. 591.b.10). It is frequently mentioned in the medical writers, see TLL VIII 608.43ff.

3. Since b is certain and a very probable, a reference to beta looks inevitable, even though is difficult: the cross-bar does not project to the left of the upright so that the letter looks like p. The medical writer Serenus Sammonicus (Poetae Latinae Minores III, ed. E.Baehrens), 703, mentions beta along with mel: ex ficu betas cum melle ligabis.

4. See Ser.Samm., 762f., allia dant cinerem sociandum oleoque garoque, unguine quo gliscens deponet flamma furorem, immediately following the passage cited in the next note. Alternatively, 233.A.3 might suggest ungella (see note ad loc.).

5. Eggs are also mentioned in 193.5 and 302.4, and an ouarium in 194.A.5 For a connection between beet and eggs, see Ser.Samm., 761, ouaque cum betis prosunt super inlita tritis. For eggs in medicinal usage see TLL IX 1203.23ff.

6. There is no doubt that saḅḷ[ is the easiest reading, and we think it is likely to be correct even though sand seems out of place in this list. According to OLD, sadum is attested as a spelling of sedum; saḍ is possible but what follows does not look like u.

7. The trace at the right suits a, suggesting pultarius, a cooking-pot (cf. 588.i.3 and note), rather than some case of puls. If the first letter is , which is less likely, we might have c̣ultṛ[; a culter is mentioned in 195.back.

8. No doubt some case of bubula, cf. bubulcaris in 180.9.

9. Among the various possibilities one might think of collyra, a kind of pasta, or collyrium, an eye-salve (cf. 591 introduction); for a connection with eggs (line 5) cf. Pliny, NH 29.39, oua … pro aqua miscentur collyriis. collares (canum) occur in 597.b.4.

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