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TVII Tablet: 282
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Title: Letter to Cerialis (?)
Category: Correspondence of Cerialis

Commentary:

A complete diptych with remains of two columns of a letter. The left- and right-hand edges contain remains of notches and tie-holes. The left-hand column contains six lines of writing and the right six or seven. The address is written, as is usual, on the back of the right-hand portion. The writing is very abraded, particularly on the left-hand portion. It is nevertheless clear that the letter did not begin here and it seems evident that it must have been written on more than one diptych (cf. 292, 343). No substantive idea of the content can be gleaned. The letter may be addressed to Flavius Cerialis.

Text:

i
1 ...... et habet
2 ab traces
3 traces eras
4 ]...squam
5 traces nobis te
n 6 ]ex..nsue-
ii
n n 7 tudine ama nos ..
n 8 exibe nobis .c.....
n 9 tat[c.3] traces
10 tuarum traces
11 traces
n 12 .r.fic c.11 ale
13 traces?
back
n 14 traces
n 15 ] viiii Bat(auorum)
16 traces

Translation:

"... as is your custom (?), love us and show ... to us ... of your ... (Back) To ... of the 9th Cohort of Batavians."

Notes:

6-7          sue/tudine is certain and the traces would permit ex consue-/tudine (cf. OLD, s.v.1b).

7          There appear to be traces of three letters after nos of which the first is e or f; fra could be read but there is no room for the rest of frater. We think that the best solution is to suppose that some of the traces are not ink and to read et.

8-9          We expect a noun ending -tatem but the traces are too exiguous for us to suggest anything with confidence.

12          At the beginning profic looks possible and some part of proficiscor seems more likely than part of proficio. The reading at the end of the line strongly suggests uale and this could be the end of the letter; but we cannot say whether or not this is written by a different hand.

14-15          Only the numeral viiii in line 2 is comparatively clear; there is room for coh(ortis) before it and Bat(auorum) after it is just possible, though very little is visible. Of the name in line 1 we can really see only la and i in the gentilicium; the traces would just about support Flauio but it is difficult to see Ceriali in what follows (Geniali is certainly even harder).


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