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TVII Tablet: 217
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Title: Letter to Genialis
Category: Correspondence of Genialis

Commentary:

Two joining fragments (b) from the left-hand portion of a diptych contain the beginning of a letter to Genialis. Two other substantial fragments appear to be by the same hand and their shapes suggest that they were folded face-to-face with the two fragments of (b) and, if so, they must join (possibly flush, but there may be a small gap between them) and will form part of the right-hand column of the letter. There is a detached fragment with a trace which is probably in a different hand. The large G in Genial[i is noteworthy, as is the large initial C in Crescen[te]m.

Text:

b.i
1 ].tilis Genial[i suo
2 s[alutem
3 ] Crescen[te]m cum [
. . . . . . .
c-d.ii
. . . . . . .
4 ].abu[ ]ae uacat
5 ].em..ui..lin[
6 ] ut cum illo con[
7 ]ube.[..]..ra iam [
8 traces
. . . . . . .  

Translation:

Notes:

1          ].tilis: cognomina with this ending given in NPEL are Adretilis, Gratilis, Gentilis and Utilis of which the last two are the most common. The trace surviving before t would certainly not allow u but is probably compatible with n; so we should perhaps restore Ge]ntilis.

3          The sense is likely to be "I have sent Crescens to you with ...". One of the other fragments inventoried under this number (128) has a reference to a (centuria) Crescentis and this is likely to be the same man.

1          Perhaps restore ] tabu[l]ae, cf. 283.6. For the uacat at the right cf. 291.ii.8, 257.6, 379.

4          Perhaps a present subjunctive of iubeo, e.g. i]ubea[s, i]ubea[t, followed by (e.g.) [ce]tera, [al]tera.


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