Tablet 653

description (a) 82 x 28 mm (b) 82 x 28 mm.
Plate 19.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
Two fragments from a letter, (a) no doubt from the left-hand column and (b) from the right. Both are broken at the top but are probably complete on the other three sides. Part of the name of the sender is preserved on the back of (b); the back of (a) is blank.


. . . . . . . .
traces n
p̣are ṣet et famiḷia n
tua nullae autem
. . . . . . . .
.[..]... n


a.1. There is at least one descender visible from this line.

a.2. Apart from the initial letter, which could also be a long i, there is hardly room to doubt the reading paresetet (praeses et, suggested in A.R.Birley (2001b), 22, is not possible). Unless the writer made some error, e.g. writing et twice, the only solution we can suggest is a word ending -are (e.g. an infinitive), followed by ṣet et for sed et; for the latter cf. 632.1.

b.1. The tablet is blank below this line, which seems to begin halfway along the half-diptych. This suggests it is the end of a closing greeting, perhaps in a different hand. Possibly ụ[al]ẹṛẹ, but all the letters, especially the final e, are doubtful.

Back. Written on the slant, as is usual for the name of the sender.

Back.1. As A.R.Birley (2001b), 21-22 points out, the cognomen need not necessarily be Maximus. No one of this name has appeared hitherto in the tablets.

Back.2. For another centurio regionarius see Appendix, 250.8-9.

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