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Vindolanda Inventory No. 87.607

Introduction

The lower part of a diptych containing part of a letter. On the left-hand side are three lines of the first column. On the right there are only exiguous traces, perhaps belonging to the closing greeting; saluta in i.3 seems likely to come towards the end of the message and it is therefore reasonable to suppose that it ended in the upper, lost portion of the right-hand half. The attribution to the correspondence of Cerialis is not certain; it is suggested by the occurrence of the Ninth Cohort of Batavians in the address on the back (see note to back 2). Of particular palaeographical interest is the form of e, made in three distinct parts (e.g. line 2, ipse).

i
. . . . . . .
n 1 ]...be..os
2 habeo quos ipse tib[i
n 3 adferam saluta .[
. . . . . . .
ii
. . . . . . .
1 traces
. . . . . . .
back
n 1 traces
n 2 ]. viiii Batauo[rum
3 a Cluuio Fabro
n 4 ]. Petri

Notes

"I have ... petitions (?) which I myself will bring to you. Greet ... (Back) To .... of the 9th Cohort of Batavians, from Cluvius Faber, ... of Petrus."