Tablet 623

description 61 x 48 mm. Plate 12.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (rapart edge). Period: ?.
Two joining fragments containing the foot of the right-hand side of a letter from Brocchus to, presumably, Cerialis, with part of the address on the back. 625 may preserve the start; see the introduction to 625. There is a third, tiny fragment (not transcribed) with writing on both sides, which may not belong. It is noteworthy that the name of the sender on the back is not written on a slant as is usually the case in Vindolanda letters.
The second hand is the same as the second hand found in 247 (= Tab.Vindol.I 25) and 288; note in particular n in the form of modern n, and the last stroke of m which is written horizontally in order to ligature with the letter following; see also 622. We are now confident that this is Brocchus' hand and that all three are letters from Brocchus to Cerialis.


. . . . . . . .
] filiolus meus salụ[t-] n
] uale mi f̣raṭ[er] n
et ḍomine karisṣị[me]


1. There may also be the tails of one or two letters visible at the right.

2. Before filiolus there is a slanting line which is clearly part of a letter, probably from q or l in the line above. Perhaps read q̣[u]ị ..[. After meus either salụ[tat, salụ[tamus or salụ[tant. For the use of filiolus cf. 635.1-2, where Brocchus' wife uses the expression Aelius meuṣ ṭe et filiọlus sal[utant; cf. also 291.ii.10 with Appendix.

3. On uale mi see 635.3-4 note.

Back.1. This preserves the feet of letters in address script and can only be read by analogy with other addresses. What survives is consistent with the expected reading (but not with C]eriali as suggested in A.R.Birley (2001b), 11).

Back.2. Written in the same hand as the first hand on the front. coll(ega): in the tablets this is usually abbreviated col. coll may occur in 448. The abbreviation is probably indicated by a medial point.

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