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Vindolanda Inventory No. 85.017

Introduction

A diptych containing a letter from September to Cerialis, written in an interesting hand; noteworthy is the form of a (see Fig.1, col.2). It is also notable that the left-hand column extended well beyond the middle of the tablet. We have the end of the letter in the short, right-hand column. The loss of some of the address on the back of the right-hand side indicates that part of the leaf is lost at the foot, in which case we may have lost two to three lines in the left-hand column.

If the gentilicium is correctly read as Caecilius (see note to line 1), Cerialis' correspondent is probably identical with the man of the same name who is attested in command of a cohort in Syria in AD 88 (PME I, C26, A.R.Birley (1991), 98-9). September's reference to his having sent something per equitem may indicate that he had cavalry under his command, as a prefect of an ala or cohors equitata; it is possible, however, that he could have used an intermediary who was not a member of his own unit. For other texts possibly concerning this person see 234, 253, 298.

i
n 1 Caecilius September Ceriali suo
2 salutem
3 ].[ c.4 ].....
. . . . . . . .
ii
1 per equitem
2 ad te misi
3 m2uale domine frater
4  
back
n 1 m1Flauio Ceriali
. . . . .

Notes

"Caecilius September to his Cerialis, greetings. ... I have sent to you ... through a cavalryman. (2nd hand) Farewell, my lord and brother. (Back, 1st hand) To Flavius Cerialis."