Tablet 619

description

Inv.no.93.1454a. 52 x 22 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
Two fragments, one from the start of a letter from Cerialis. The other fragment (not transcribed) has traces of one or two letters. For other letters from Cerialis, presumably drafts, see 225-242. The hand could well be the same as one of those responsible for some of the drafts which are published as 233-242, but too little survives for it to be possible to make a confident identification. The back is blank.

edition


[C]ẹrialis P̣aṣṭoṛ[i] suo n
] traces [ n
. . . . . . . .

commentary

1. A.R.Birley (2001b), 16 describes the text as a draft of a letter from Cerialis to Castus, i.e. he presumably reads Casto s[uo. Casto is a possible reading, but we are fairly confident that the letter following is rather than . If our reading is correct, this is no doubt the same Pastor as the man who wrote 259, a letter to Cerialis.

2. The top of a tall letter, probably s, survives under the l of C]ẹrialis and there may be other traces further right. s[uo followed by a gap and then salutem would suit; such a format is found, for example, in 234.

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