Tablet 671

description 83 x 45 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: I. Period: 3.
Under the same inventory number as 364, but not published in Tab.Vindol.II, is a separate tablet containing the left-hand side of a diptych. It is complete at top and left, and no writing is lost at the right; it may be complete at the foot. Five lines from the start of a letter survive. The tablet is badly stained and there is some abrasion. Written in a neat, right-sloping hand. The back is blank.


Ḥerennius...... [ n
    ḷ.n.ạ. [..] ẹq̣ụịṭẹṣ alae Sebosị-
n Maṛ.ṭum Ṣạ..eṃ n
5    ṛogọ deṣ ụsque ad ... n
   . . . . . . . .


1. Ḥerennius: the name has not previously occurred in the tablets. After it we probably have traces of the cognomen; after this the tablet is too stained for anything to be read.

3. The first letter is very probably l and we have tried to read linquam; but there is insufficient room between n and a for two letters. We have also considered taking the first letter as a long i and reading ịụng̣aṃ; but we are not satisfied that this is correct. As an alternative we have considered the possibility of a personal name here in the dative (cf. line 5 note); Ḷọng̣ is possible but we do not think Longin[o can be read. We are fairly certain of equites after the small lacuna. This is the first reference in the Vindolanda material to the ala Sebosiana, which seems to have been stationed at Carlisle in the early Flavian period, see Tomlin (1998), no. 44. As Tomlin says (p. 75), its history runs parallel with that of the ala Petriana, stationed at Corbridge; on this ala see Introduction, pp. 00-0.

4. If equites is right, we should expect personal names here. The first might be Maṛịṭum, though this is far from certain; less plausible is Maṛịṇum, attested in 343.3 and 641.back. If this was followed by a second name (without et) which overran the central fold, it might be possible to justify Ṣạụṭeṇ[um (attested elsewhere, see 581.b.23 note).

5. If we read a verb at the start of line 3, rogọ deṣ will have begun a new sentence. But if we read a personal name this will have been the main verb "Please, assign X (and) Y to N up to ...".

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