end of a letter to Cerialis, with an address on the back. Only exiguous traces
of the main part of the message remain but we have the complete closure written
by a second hand. We think that this is likely to be the same as the second
hand of 310, in which case Chrauttius will be the correspondent of
Cerialis in the present text. The identification of the hands rests on the
palaeographical similarities (note particularly o, e, l and c) and is
supported by the fact that both letters use the formula opto sis
felicissimus, which does not occur in exactly this form elsewhere in
the tablets. Since Chrauttius is likely to be of similar rank or status to his
correspondent Veldedeius the equisio in 310, the
addition of the respectful domine and quo es
dignissimus in the present text is appropriate to the address to a
prefect. The position of the greeting, in the bottom right-hand corner of the
tablet, is noteworthy.
... (2nd hand) I pray, my lord, that you enjoy the best of fortune, of which
you are most worthy. (Back, 1st hand) To Flavius Cerialis."