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Vindolanda Inventory No. 85.084


The 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.

. . . . . . .
1 ].. uacat
n 2 ].ran[.]. uacat
n 3 m2opto domine sis
n 4 felicissimus quo
n 5 es dignissimus
1 m1Flauio Ceriali
. . . . .


" ... (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."