Tablet 687

description

Inv.no.93.1484a. 45 x 24 mm. Plate 23
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
A mysterious fragment with writing along the grain on both sides. On Side A the tablet is complete at the left, with a large blank space of over 2 cm, before the start of four lines of writing; line 2 is in ecthesis. On Side B, written upside down with relation to Side A, we again have a blank at the left and the writing may well be complete at top and bottom. It contains a line written in capitals, with, above it, seven vertical stokes with curves at the foot, most of which look like l; possibly some sort of decoration rather than letters. One may perhaps compare 121, which also has letters written in capitals, but the "decoration", if such it is, is different in the two tablets. Below this there is a third line. The whole could be an address, see the notes, though this does not accord well with what can be deduced for Side A.

edition

A:
. . . . . . . .
dọm [
ṣ .. ṭe . [ n
dom [
d . [
. . . . . . . .
B:
CORIN [ n n
. Luciọ . [ n

commentary

A.2. We have considered the possibility that this line is a date, reading the initial letter as a long i, but we cannot offer any plausible reading for what follows.

B.1. A man named Corinthus occurs in 311.ii.5.

B.2. The trace before Luciọ could be part of a, i.e. we have the name of the sender (though it is not written on the slant). Several persons named Lucius occur in the tablets, see Tab.Vindol.II, Index II, but they all seem to be based at Vindolanda. If this is the name of the sender, Corin- should be the name of the addressee. After Luciọ there seems to be a blank and then a trace of a single letter before the tablet breaks off. We have also considered reading Ụluciọ; for this place-name see 174.4 (where our note is misleading: it is VIVIDIN, in the Ravenna Cosmography, which might perhaps be a corruption of Ulucium) and perhaps 311.back

B.1. But this seems a less likely reading.

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