Tablet 667

description

Inv.no.93.1308. 88 x 18 mm. Plate 22.
Archaeological data. Location: SG/NE (intervallum road). Period: 3.
Part of the right-hand column of a letter containing the last few words of the letter proper and the closing greeting. Part of the address survives on the back, but neither the name of the addressee nor that of the sender can be recovered.
The whole of the front is probably in the same hand, which is written more rapidly and with many more ligatures than is usual in the Vindolanda material, sometimes leading to distortion of the letter-forms. Some examples of i are exceptionally long and others have a pronounced serif; u in ualeas is no more than a shallow curve ligatured to the following letter.

edition

Back:
. . . . . . . .
traces n
].f̣.a..ẹ n

translation

' you will have need of , write to me so that I may send you them(?). I pray that you enjoy good health (Back) To from , his brother(?). '

commentary

1. There may be the tips of a descender or two visible from a line above, but this is improbable; we think it more likely that this was the top line of the right-hand column. opụṣ fuerit: presumably the end of a temporal or conditional clause; we owe the correct reading to Rea. mihi is oddly written: the first i cuts through the last diagonal of m and there is a horizontal stroke through ihi; after it there is certainly some ink, which we think is compatible with ut; for scribo + ut cf. 645.5 note.

2. eg̣ọ: we are far from confident of the reading after e, which is much obscured by dirt. eụ would be easy to read but there is insufficient room for eụṃ; we cannot read eos, ea or eas. We have considered regarding most of the apparent ink as just dirt and reading simply eṭ; but we think eg̣ọ is more probable.

Back.1. No more than the lower portions of at least five letters in address script, which will have formed part of the name or title of the addressee.

Back.2. Written on a slant and therefore the end of the name of the sender. It may well end f̣ṛaṭṛẹ, though t is far from easy. If so, before it a name ending ]ị (for the ablative ending in -i see Adams (1995a), 99) or ]ḷ[o].

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