|Reading in transliteration:||polibi spuris|
|Reading in original script:|
|Object:||TI·4 Giubiasco (plate)|
|Direction of writing:||dextroverse|
|Letter height:||1.1–1.8 cm0.433 in <br />0.709 in <br />|
|Number of letters:||12|
|Number of words:||2|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Workmanship:||scratched after firing|
|Archaeological culture:||Augustan [from object]|
|Date of inscription:||second half of 1st c. AD [from object]|
|Meaning:||'of Polibios Spuris' (?)|
|Alternative sigla:||Morandi 2004: 5|
|Sources:||Morandi 2004: 522|
First published in Morandi 2004. Examined for LexLep on 18th August 2021.
Images in Ulrich 1914: Taf. LXXXVIa.6-6a (photos), Crivelli 1977: tav. 1 (drawing only of spuris = Morandi 1999: 165, fig. 5).
The two sequences (length 4.1 and 5 cm, respectively) are inscribed by the same hand in well legible letters at ca. 7 cm distance from each other below the rim. The scratches are traced with white paint. The alphabet is Latin, only lambda is deviant, having a form otherwise known from the archaic Greek alphabet of Argos (Morandi 2004) and the Venetic alphabet of the Cadore. The language of the inscription, accordingly, is also a mix of Greek and Latin. The Greek name πολυβιος (or Latinised polybius) appears with a Latin genitive ending; for the spelling cf. the Campanian fabricant Publius Cipius Polybius, whose cognomen is sometimes spelled POLIBI (gen.) on fabrication stamps (P·CIPI·POLIBI·F(ECIT), see Kunow 1985: 222–224). spuris is less clear; Morandi 1999: 164 f. considers it to be a personal name, "senza alcun dubbio un italico". It is certainly hardly Celtic, but reminiscent of the common Latin cognomen spurius and Etruscan names (ET I: 281). Assuming that spuris agrees with polibi, it must be inflected like a Latin consonant or i-stem spuris, though the motivation for the separate application of the two sequences is not evident. How exactly they relate to each other is unclear.
|Crivelli 1977||Aldo Crivelli, "La necropoli di Giubiasco", Rivista Archeologica dell'Antica Provincia e Diocesi di Como 159 (1977), 5–98.|