Tablet 658

description

Inv.no.93.1471a-b. (a) 34 x 41 mm. (b) two fragments, the larger 35 x 20 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
These two fragments were found together and, as they are both in the same hand, we suppose them to be part of the same letter. However, we are unable to suggest a join. Despite the absence of any substantial content, we have included them here rather than under Descripta because of the reference in (a) to Londinium and the fact that they are written in the same hand as 655-657.
In (a) part of six lines of a letter survive. In (b) we have the end of two lines of the left-hand column overrunning the central fold, plus a fragment from three lines of the right-hand column. Both are broken on all four sides. Unlike 655-657 traces in address script survive on the backs of both fragments, though too little survives for us to be able to read a name.
There is a further fragment (c), blank on the back, which may or may not belong; and a tiny scrap with traces of writing on one side.

edition

a:
. . . . . . . .
traces
].c̣. con[
]...sis...[
]ṇe Lond[ n
5 ]et et ạds[
].bernạ.[ n
. . . . . . . .
Back:
. . . . . . . .
]l..ḅ.[ n
] no [ n
]ṛ..[
. . . . . . . . n
i: b:
. . . . . . . .
]m n
]ṃ
. . . . . . . .
ii: b:
. . . . . . . .
traces
inạ.[
tib[ n
. . . . . . . .
Back:
. . . . . . . .
]...ụṇ.[
. . . . . . . .
c:
. . . . . . . .
ạcc̣ep̣ị.[
..[
. . . . . . . .

commentary

a.4. A reference to Londinium is certain; cf. 154.9, 310.back 22 and 588.i.2.

a.6. The trace after bernạ is indecisive; before it the trace best suits a, suggesting a reference to a taberna. Perhaps, however, we should read i with a pronounced serif, i.e. some case of contibernales; a reference to hiberna is another possibility (cf. 225.25).

Back.a.1-2. The tablet seems to be blank before and after no, i.e. we have a name which started in the previous line. What we have taken as the loop of a tall b (with the top lost) could be read quite differently and it is unclear whether there was more than one letter after this.

Back.a.3. This is on the slant and so must contain part of the name of the sender. The first surviving letter looks like r but a is possible; then either b, l or a tall i. There is no sign of writing before this, suggesting we have the start of the sender\'s name (ab .[ or a B.[), but the normal pattern would be for this to start further to the left. A possible alternative is to read ]ṛịọ, i.e. the end of a name.

b.i.1. ]m: possibly the end of salute]m, in which case the feet of letters surviving from ii.1 would be from the top line of the second column.

b.ii.3. This could be part of contibernales, but a join with a.2 is impossible.

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