iam is a possible
reading at the beginning of the line. After ut it would be possible
to read con.e. but we
know of no suitable noun which begins thus to go with praestarem. We
tentatively suggest pontem, taking praestarem in line 3
in the sense of "furnish", "provide" (OLD, s.v.8A).
There is a trace at the right which could well be part of i; this
suggests the reading [tib]i.
This closure is written in a very difficult and idiosyncratic hand. ualere is
possible only with an odd form of u with a stroke going
down at the right and a with a sharp oblique stroke at the right,
but it is made identically in line 5. The position of te is
Only the feet of letters survive and the reading of Ceriali is not
Unusually, the abbreviation of praef(ecto) seems to be marked
by a medial dot after f. The apparent oblique stroke is not ink.
We think it unlikely that the correct reading is a Septembre (see
introduction) and despite the uncertainty of the reading in line 9 we are
fairly sure that the author cannot be another prefect. The first letter of the
name seems to be f and it is possible that we have a gentilicium, perhaps
followed by Imbre. If this is correct
there seems not to be room for Flauio. Perhaps Furio, a name
which is reasonably common in the western provinces (see NPEL).
........ne: only the
last two letters are relatively clear but the preceding traces are not
compatible with decurione; we
therefore suggest that centurione should be