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Vindolanda Inventory No. 85.293

Introduction

The left-hand side of a diptych containing the beginning of a letter from Pastor to Cerialis. The use of the term frater in line 3 suggests that Pastor may be of equivalent rank to Cerialis but there is no other reference to him in the tablets. There are two small fragments with traces of a few letters which we have not been able to place and have not attempted to transcribe. It is notable that the writer uses very tall ascenders (e.g. bi in line 3).

n 1 .[ c.4 ]us Pastor Ceri[ali suo
2 salutem
n 3 misi tibi frater notam ex qua
4 [ c.17 ]....[.].
. . . . . . . . .

Notes

"... Pastor to his Cerialis, greetings. I have sent you, brother, a sign from which ..."