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Vindolanda Inventory No. 86.447+448


Three joining pieces survive from the right-hand half of a diptych, with probable remains of notches in the right-hand edge. The leaf contains the second column of a letter, which may be missing something at the end (see notes to line 8 and back 2). At the left there are some traces of the ends of lines of the left-hand column which, as often happens, overran the fold; they are so exiguous that we have not attempted to transcribe them. Unusually, the first line of the right-hand column projects at the left. It is noteworthy that the closing greeting is written by the same hand as the rest of the text, but it is possible that a final greeting was added by another hand below this. The name of the addressee on the back clearly begins with Cassio, a gentilicium which occurs elsewhere in the tablets only in the case of Cassius Saecularis, and the remains of the beginning of the cognomen leave us in no doubt that the addressee is Cassius Saecularis (see note to back 1). If the attributions of 213 and 214 to Period 2, and of 215 to Period 3 are correct, it is nevertheless possible that a centurion or decurion or optio, or someone holding a "senior staff post" (cf. Breeze (1974)), might have been at Vindolanda and generated correspondence over a number of years (or have been there on more than one posting, separated by some years). The subject-matter of the present letter, the supply of timber, compares well with the evidence in 213 for Cassius Saecularis' role in supplying barley. The right-sloping hand is one of some character. i with a foot (approaching the shape of L) is interesting as is r, close to the capital form.

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1 traces of ends of lines
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2 dices si qui sunt in[ c.7
3 habebunt auctoritatem
4 Seuerini ego enim ab illo
5 accepi si qui uolet uenire
6 et quo lignum et materiem
7 seruant aequá perferet
8 opto felicissimus bene
9 ualeas vacat
10 traces?
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n 1 Cassió Sa traces
n 2 uacat
3 ]e corniclario


"... if there are any ... they will have the authority of Severinus. For I have got [it?] from him, if anyone wants to come, and he will not mind where they are storing the wood and timber. I pray that you are enjoying the best of fortune and are in good health ... (Back) To Cassius Saecularis, from ... cornicularius."