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Vindolanda Inventory No. 85.186.a


A fragment of a leaf with two lines of writing. There may be a notch in the right-hand edge. There is certainly a reference to commeatus (see note to line 1) and it is possible that this is part of a request for leave, with an additional detail which the others appear not to have. Thus one might envisage something like rogo me dignum habeas cui des commeatum et scribas praefecto [at the place where I wish to spend the leave]. The fact that this text was found in close proximity to some of the other requests for leave (note particularly 176) perhaps favours this notion. Alternatively, it might simply be a letter from someone mentioning that he intended to obtain leave and had written or was about to write to the prefect of his unit.

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n 1 ]mmeatum et scri-
n 2 ] praefecto
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