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Vindolanda Inventory No. 85.094.b

Introduction

A fragment of the right-hand portion of a diptych containing part of a letter with an address on the back. This is complete at the right and suggests that nothing is lost at the left of the column on the front. The writing on both sides is very abraded and difficult to read. The text provides a clear attestation of the cohors viiii Batauorum and is addressed to its prefect, whose name should probably be read as Flavius Cerialis (see back 1 note). The sender of the letter was probably a decurion with the cognomen Verus. It is not possible to obtain any substantial idea of the subject of the letter. If there is a reference to the clementia of the recipient in line 2 (see note) it is possible that we have a petition or an appeal of some sort (cf. 257, 281.i.1 note, 322, 344).


. . . . .
n 1 agas si.uom.[
n n 2 re et eam clem[
n 3 lo exsigas id..[
. . . . .
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n 4 ]..[.].. .......
n 5 praef(ecto) coh(ortis) viiii Bat(auorum)
n 6 ].dio Vero decurione ...e
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Notes

" ... (Back) To Flavius Cerialis (?), prefect of the 9th Cohort of Batavians, from Claudius (?) Verus, decurion of the ala (?) ..."