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TVII Tablet: 127
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Title: Report of the 9th cohort of Batavians
Category: Military documents


This leaf, which appears to be intact at the top, bottom and right, contains a version of the report which is paralleled only in 128 and probably 129 . The text is very abraded throughout


n 1 ].Iu.[ ]
n 2 [renunti]um chortis viiii
n 3 [Batauor]um omnes ad loca
n 4 [q(ui) uideb]unt et impedimenta .r
5 ] uacat
n 6 [uacat? renu]ntiauerunt optiones
n 7 [et] curatores uacat
8 [detul]it Verecundus optio
n 9 [c.5]……




The first trace after the break looks like the top of s. Therefore perhaps Idu]s, which is normally not abbreviated in these reports (135.1, 136.1), or Nona]s. The last trace is compatible with n, suggesting Iun[ias; the tablet is intact after this but no trace of ink survives. If our reconstruction is correct, the remainder of this line will have been left blank (cf. 135).


The traces at the beginning of the preserved part of the line are very faint indeed and the reading can only be said to represent what we assume to have been there.

chortis viiii: an apparent vertical after c is probably dirt rather than ink. For chortis cf. 396. The numeral has a superscript bar.


omnes: the last two letters are certain and mn is possible, but the preceding traces are wholly unclear. The remainder of the line after loca was left blank.


inpedimenta: for the use of in- for im- cf. 134, 145, 146, 152. The apparent traces following this are problematical. The word is followed by a uacat in 134, 139, 145 and 146 (in the last case there may well be a punctuation mark at this point). In 130 and 135 the slight traces could be part of renuntiauit (see the notes ad locc.). This leaves 138, where what is written before renuntiauit is not the end of impedimenta, and 150.3 where there might be traces of a letter before the break. In the present instance there appear to be traces of three letters running up to the edge of the leaf, but the first might be a crack in the surface of the wood. Of the two remaining traces the second is a or r, the first could be t, c or p. The best solution we can suggest is that we have pr as an abbreviation of pr(aesentia). For the use of praesum of inanimate objects see P.Mich.VIII 471.17-18 (= CEL 146), quo tempus autem ueni omnia praefuerunt et lana et (linum?).


The words on line 6 are not quite properly aligned but this may be due to differential shrinkage of the fragments. Line 7 appears to be slightly inset, as perhaps is line 9 in comparison to line 8. For curatores see 128.2 note.


There are traces of about 6 letters which presumably belong to the name of the century. They are compatible with the reading Cres]centis (see 128.5 and cf. 148.2 note) but cannot be said to compel it. There would be room for the centurial sign (but hardly the full word) in the lost portion. Since 127 and 128 appear to have the same formula at the end, it is possible that (centuriae) Cres]centis should be restored here.

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