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Vindolanda Inventory No. 85.120


The lower part of what must have been the right-hand portion of a diptych, containing the end of a letter to Cerialis. Only the last few words of the message and the closure survive. The address on the back suggests that the letter is from a centurion with the cognomen Imber (see note to lines 8-9). We cannot accept the suggestion that this letter might be from Caecilius September (A.R.Birley (1991), 98, note 53). 252.ii.3 must be September's autograph and the eccentric and crude hand of 258.4-5, which must also be the author's autograph, is quite different. The letter might possibly concern the construction or provision of a bridge (see note to line 2).

. . . . . .
1 ]..[
n 2 ..m ut pon.e.[...].
3 praestarem uacat
n 4 m2opto bene ualere
n 5 te domine uale
n 1 m1Flauio Ceriali
n 2 praef(ecto) ·
n 3 a F.r....bre
n 4


"... so that I might provide you with a bridge (?). (2nd hand) I pray that you are in good health, my lord. Farewell. (Back, 1st hand) To Flavius Cerialis, prefect, from ..., centurion (?)."