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Vindolanda Inventory No. 88.951


Part of what must have been the right-hand portion of a diptych containing five lines of a letter and, on the back, an address to Iulius Verecundus. The lines are complete at the left but we cannot be sure how much is lost at the right. The surviving text does not give any clue to the substantive subject-matter but merely refers to a conversation which the author is about to have, apparently at Luguvalium, and to the possibility of a visit from the addressee. The imperative perueni (line 4) can only have been used by an equal or a superior. The form of a in hac (line 1) is notable - the left-hand stroke has a hook at the top and then descends vertically. It is noteworthy that interpunct is used in the first two lines of the text. The abrasion of the surface and the writing makes it impossible to be sure whether it is used thereafter.

. . . . . . .
n 1 de hac · re · c.mpr[
n n 2 ram cras · Lugu[ualio
n 3 locuturus sum si er[go
4 uidetur perueni ad me [
5 traces
. . . . . . .
[I]uli[o] Verecundo
n 2 [pra]ef(ecto) c[o]h(ortis)
. . . . . . . . .


"... about this matter ... tomorrow I shall speak to ... at Luguvalium. If you approve, therefore, come to me ... (Back) To Iulius Verecundus, prefect of the cohort from (?) ..."