Tablet 678

description (a) 70 x 34 mm. (b) 66 x 30 mm. (c) 86 x 31 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
Three substantial fragments of an account written along the grain. There are also 10 small scraps, some with exiguous traces of writing, inventoried under this number.
Fragment (a) is incomplete at the top, left and foot. Three joining pieces; there has been some warping which results in some misalignment of the lines. Remains of five lines, with a trace of a descender from a line above. The layout suggests that we have commodities at the left, then after a space, quantities, then after another space, cash sums. Fragment (b) is possibly complete at the right and the foot. Remains of three lines.



. . . . . . . .
] traces
] (sextarios) iiii (denarii) s(emissem) (quadrantem)
]ae p̣(ondo) . ii (denarii) . n
5 ] .ani p̣(ondo) s(emissem) (denarii) s(emissem) n
] . ạḷṭae (sextarii) s(emissem) (denarii) s(emissem) n
] traces
. . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . .
] traces as . [ n
] traces licano l(ibertus) · iul.. [
] traces clxi
Remains of 3 lines, with a few numerals visible


a.4. Perhaps ]g̣ani, which might suggest lagani, genitive singular of laganum, a kind of pancake.

a.5. ].ạḷṭae: This ending does not seem promising. We do not think it possible to read ].ẹḷṭae, e.g. s]p̣ẹḷṭae.

a.6. The clearest trace, in the middle of the line, looks like a large p.

b.2. We find this hard to explain. There are no suitable names in the Fasti which would allow us to restore a consular date. The large l after licano seems clear. We wonder whether licano might be the end of a personal name (e.g. Gallicanus, attested in Belgica/Germany, see NPEL), followed by l(ibertus) Iulị..., or perhaps "slave of L.Iulius ...".

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