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Three joining fragments containing part of an account written parallel to the broad edge of the leaf and along the grain of the wood (contrast Nos. 4 (190)and 5 (191)). There is no indication here of the commodity in question, but the text contains a calculation of the amount required for a certain number of days. It is written in an upright, squarish cursive, notable principally for the occasional use of interpunct. The back of the tablet is blank.



1. Possibly x]vii K(alendas); we cannot calculate the loss at the left, though the breadth of the tablet suggests that it is not likely to have been very extensive.

2. The calculation is as follows. l01/2 modii = 168 sextarii. 12 days x 14 sextarii = 168 sextarii. There is, however, an alternative which we think equally possible. The reading of the sextarius sign in line 2 and the numeral x following both this and the word dies is extremely precarious. If we were to read the number of days as seven, vii, this would require a rate of 24 sextarii per day and we should have to read at the beginning of the line [(sextarii)] xxiiii or possibly ](sextarii) [x]xiiii. If the date in line 1 is complete, the reading as we have printed it in the text would be preferable since it would assume a smaller loss at the left; but of this we cannot be certain (see line 1, note). On the abbreviation m for m(odius) see No. 4.5 note (190). Here it is certainly not surmounted by a flat dash, but it is possible that the dark mark visible above it in the photograph should be read as o; for the abbreviation m with superscript o see ChLA 436 and P.Mich.449.