Tablet 604

description + 93.1528d. 171 x 27 mm. Plate 7.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
Two leaves composed of two and three joining fragments respectively. These form part of a diptych with an account written along the grain in two columns. The tablet is complete at the top, left and right. The back is blank. The hand is the same as that of 607; the tablets were found close together and were probably written on the same day, but they do not appear to be part of the same account. Word-spacing is used and interpunct appears occasionally. On the syntax see Adams (2003).


'27 (?) July. Boot-nails
purchased through Taurinus, number 350.
In respect of the sandals of Tetricus, nails, number 25.
In respect of the shoes of a, number 20.
13 August.
In respect of the campagones
of Prudentius, nails, number 30.


i.1. The figures in the date are very probably to be read as ṿi (cf. 607.a.1); there is a trace further to the left which is probably not ink.

i.1-2. For claui caligares see Appendix, 186.7-8 where the cost of 100 nails, originally read as 2 asses, is now very uncertain. Ed.Diocl. 9.6 has an entry for caligae militares sine clabo [sic]. For Taurinus see 605.ii.2, 607.a.1, 685.3, 599.1, 710.1; some of these texts are clearly concerned with repairs, which suggests that Taurinus is connected with the workshops, particularly perhaps as a cobbler; note that taurina is a type of sandal or shoe (Ed.Diocl. 9.15-16 and see Lauffer's note ad loc., citing the Greek ταυρεινᾶς = "shoemaker") and we wonder whether this person might be a Gaul or German who acquired his Latin name from his trade (although he appears to be dealing with clothing in 607).

i.3. calciamentịṣ: see 603. i.3. For the name Tetricus, see 181.5, 346.ii.3 and 657. B.4. 346, the present text and 657 should all refer to the same person: the hand in 346 and 657 is the same and the inventory number connects the latter with the present text. The Tetricus in 181 could be a different person. The first two letters of the word following are very abraded and uncertain but the reading seems to be guaranteed by ii.3. The writing overruns the fold in the tablets and the number is written on the right-hand half of the diptych.

i.4. Following in, gạ is clear, as is lis further to the right. What is in between is very uncertain and damaged, but it seems clear that we must have gạḷlic̣ụlis although the space is hardly adequate. Following that the space will allow only a very short name, perhaps Ḷ[uc]ạe, cf. 183.5, and note ad loc.; since the traces of the first letter are completely uncertain, any short name with a genitive ending with –ae is possible.

ii.2. See TLL III 208, s.v. campagus; there is no testimony for the Latin form campago. Ed.Diocl. 9.11 has campagi in the Latin version and καμπαγῶνες in the Greek; in both versions these are specified as military footwear (militares/στρατιωτικοί). For a definition see Lydus, de mag. 1.17, quoted by Lauffer ad loc.: ὑπόδημα μέλαν, ὑποσάνδαλον, δι' ὅλου γυμνόν, βραχεῖ τινι ἀναστήματι τὴν πτέρνην, ἐπ' ἄκρου δὲ τοὺς δακτύλους τοῦ ποδὸς συσφίγγων ἱμάντων ἑκατέρωθεν ἐπὶ δὲ τοὺς ἀστραγάλους ... ἀνθυπαντώντων ἀλλάλοις καὶ διαδεσμούντων τὸν πόδα ὥστε βραχὺ λίαν ἔκ τε δακτύλων ἔμπροσθεν καὶ ἐξόπισθεν διαφαίνεσθαι τὸ ὑπόδημα, ὅλον δὲ τὸν πόδα τῇ περισκελίδι διαλάμπειν. κάμπαγον αὐτὸ καλοῦσιν ἐκ τῆς ἐπὶ τὸν κάμπον, οἱονεὶ τὸ πεδίον, χρείας ἔτι καὶ νῦν

ii.3. Pruḍenti: for the name Prudentius see NPEL. Prudens is commoner and there is room for Prudentis here, but no sign of s. clauos is clear here, despite claui in i.3 (on the grammar in accounts see Adams (1995a), 114-6, (2003)).

ii.4. There is some ink in ecthesis at the left, followed by what is fairly clearly the top of k, then a diagonal which could be the top of s; the tops of the digits of the numeral which must precede might be x̣ị; so perhaps read x̣ị Ḳ(al.) Ṣ[eptembres.

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