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Vindolanda Inventory No. 87.751


The attribution of this text to Period 2 means that it should predate the other requests for leave. As far as it takes us, however, there is no reason to think that it deviated from the normal pattern. The person to whom the application is made is called Flavianus. This is a very common cognomen but it is difficult to avoid connecting its occurrence here with Hostilius Flavianus, a correspondent of Cerialis (see 261.1). If this is the same person, the request for leave suggests that he was a prefect at Vindolanda during Period 2. The centurial symbol is more rounded than the usual angular symbol shaped like a figure 7.

n 1 Auentinus (centuriae) .u.eli
2 rogo domine Flauiane
3 d[ignum
. . . . . . . . .


"I, Aventinus, of the century of ..., ask, my lord Flavianus ... a worthy person ..."