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Vindolanda Inventory No. 88.949

Introduction

A diptych containing the lower part of two columns of a letter. There is a notch in each edge. The text is remarkable for its regular use of interpunct, even after monosyllables, by both the scribe and the author who added the closure in his own hand. The letter is addressed to a prefect whose name is lost and comes from one Celonius Iustus who describes himself as col(lega) and must therefore also be a prefect. The surviving part of the letter is concerned with military business - the despatch and request for the return of a decurion named Atto, the removal or discharge of some persons, perhaps Atto and someone else named in the lost part of the tablet.

i
. . . . . . . . .
n 1 traces [pe]r A[t-
n 2 tonem · decurionem ·
n 3 misi tibi · te · rogo · fra-
n 4 ter · continuo · illos · expun-
n n 5 gas et · nulli · ali · quam
ii
. . . . . . . . .
1 ].r.[
n 2 acceperunt rogo ..[.]. ..[
n 3 dem · Attonem · remittas
4 m2bene · ualeas ·
5 frater · et · domine
6 opto
Back
. . . . . .
n 1 m1 ].[                       
2 praef(ecto)
n 3 ab Celonio Iusto
4 col(lega)

Notes

"... I have sent you ... through (?) Atto the decurion. I ask, brother, that you immediately strike them off the list. And no others .... have received. I ask that you send that same (?) Atto back to me. (2nd hand) It is my wish that you enjoy good health, my brother and lord. (Back, 1st hand) To ... prefect, from Celonius Iustus, his colleague."