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TVII Tablet: 333
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Title: Letter referring to books
Category: Miscellaneous correspondence

Commentary:

A fragment of a leaf with two lines of a letter. The content is exiguous but the reference to libros in line 2 is interesting and perhaps provides some context for the literary knowledge at Vindolanda attested in 118.

Text:


. . . . .
n 1 ] ab Arcano an-
n 2 ].set libros exse-
. . . . .

Translation:

Notes:

1          arcano: this word occurs in 162. ab here suggests strongly that it is a personal name. It seems likely that we have the right-hand edge of the leaf with an the start of a word which continued in the next line.

2          The first trace does not look like s; perhaps we have a word ending in -s followed by et.
libros: before the first letter there is the descender from r in the previous line. Given the knowledge of Virgil, and perhaps of Catullus, attested at Vindolanda (118, 119), there is no reason to doubt the availability of books.
exse-: this suggests part of the verb exsequor, continuing in the next line (see line 1 note).


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