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Vindolanda Inventory No. 85.117
of the beginning of a letter on the left-hand side of a diptych from a person
named Valatta, probably a woman (see note to line 1). Two small fragments with
writing have become detached and their placement has to be deduced (see notes
to lines 1 and 3). There are two tie-holes at the left-hand side. The hand
bears some resemblance to that of 311 but is somewhat
cruder. The reference to Lepidina in line 5 leaves no doubt that the letter was
written to Cerialis. This is the only letter to him which is apparently from a
woman. What survives of the content suggests that she was asking for some
favour or concession (perhaps compare 322, 344).
to her Cerialis, greetings. I ask my lord that you relax your severity (?) and
through Lepidina that you grant me what I ask (?) ..."
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