Tablet 717

description

Inv.no.94.1580. (a) 55 x 41 mm (approx.). (b) 55 x 41 mm. (approx.).
Archaeological data. Location: LXXIV/W. Period: 4?.
Two fragments from the left- and right-hand halves of a diptych with the middle part lost. The tablet is complete at the top and may be partly complete at left and foot. Column ii is complete at the right where the remains of two notches can be seen; it has faint traces on the back, presumably of an address. Written in a squat, rather crabbed, hand. However, the writing is badly abraded and much is obscured by dirt.

edition

i:
] traces ṣ.cẹṛ Cạṇ [ n
s[alutem]
] ṣalutat te c... [ n
] ... tame. r.. [
5 ] .... me peṭ. [ n
] .. posseṃ [
] .... ta. [ n
. . . . . . . .
ii:
] . ḅẹṃ tu.. et n
] .os traces
] . ṃ ab.as se.. ṃ n
] . emọ .. ṃ traces n
5 ] traces n
] .. ṃḍẹ . [ n

commentary

i.1. We assume that cẹṛ, after which there is a small blank space, is the end of the cognomen of the sender. -ụṣ Ṣạcẹṛ is perhaps possible. Cạṇ after this suggests Cạṇ[dido suo; 301, 343 and 705 are letters written to a persons or person by the name of Candidus.

i.3. Whether any writing has been lost before ṣalutat is unclear. The same is true of the lines following. After te we might have cạṃḅ; the name Gambax occurs in 184.5 (cf. also 643.ii.3), but the first letter looks much more like c than g.

i.5. peṭụ[nt?

i.7. Possibly ṣạḷụta ạ [me, though this normally occurs nearer the end of a letter.

ii.1. Perhaps a name followed by tuạṃ, which would suggest no line has been lost at the foot of the preceding column; but tuṃ may be a better reading.

ii.3. We could read abẹas, presumably for habeas (cf. 649.10-11 note). It seems to be followed by interpunct.

ii.4-6. These three lines are rather squashed as though the writer was running short of space. It is not clear whether there was anything written below line 6.

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