Tablet 630

description

Inv.no.93.1425a + 93.1426b. (a) 63 x 22 mm. (b) 42 x 27 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
Several fragments, some of which join, from the start of a letter from Pontius Festinus(?) to Cerialis. It is written in an elegant, upright script, with some use of interpunct. The back is blank. Apart from the two substantial fragments there are traces of writing on three other scraps.

edition

a:
Pontius Festiṇụs C̣eria[li] suo n
. . . . . . . .
b:
]la · sciebam fratẹ[r]
]fer ṭu ṭum · pri.[ n
. . . . . . . .

commentary

a.1. The name of the sender has not occurred previously in the tablets. The name Festus is attested in 161.9, but Festiṇụs is a better reading in 630.

b.2. The easiest reading is ferịuṭum, for which we have no suggestion. We think, therefore, that the third surviving letter is better taken as t with the cross-bar almost entirely lost. We would then suggest articulating -fer ṭu ṭum, probably with a heavy stop after -fer, though ṭuṭum is of course possible. Perhaps supply priṃ[um to follow ṭum.

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