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Vindolanda Inventory No. 86.346

Introduction

Eight fragments of a diptych, of which three (one consisting of two joining pieces) have writing, two on both sides. It seems likely that we have two fragments from each half of a diptych, that (b) contains the top of the second column and that (c) is to be placed below it, but not immediately below. The tablet contains a letter from Rhenus, a slave of Similis (see c.back 2 note), to Primigenius who may be a slave of Cerialis (see note to b.back 1). The closure is written in a hand similar to the main hand (a very good one) but possibly not the same one. For slaves in the military context see Speidel (1989).

a
n 1 Rhenus Primigenio [
2 sa]lutem
. . . . . . .
b
. . . . .
n 1 ualde desidero
2 traces
. . . . .
b.Back
n 1 traces?
. . . . .
c
. . . . .
n 1 ueniam maxi[
n 2 .erte uacat
n 3 m2?opto [
n 4 ter [
. . . . .
Back
. . . . .
n 1 m1 ]alis traces?             
n 2 a Rh]eno Similis
3 seruo

Notes

"Rhenus to his Primigenius, greetings. ... I very much desire ... the greatest indulgence (?) ... through (?) you. (2nd hand?) I pray that you are in good health, dearest brother (?) ... (Back, 1st hand) [To Primigenius] (slave of) (?) ...alis, from Rhenus, slave of Similis."