VB·24 Stresa

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Classification: stela

Material: stone
Size: height 175 cm, width 52.5–57 cm, thickness 5–9 cm
Condition: complete, broken
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Apr 20 2024

Archaeological culture: Augustan, Tiberian
Date: late 1st c. BC–early 1st c. AD
Date derived from: typology

Site: Stresa (Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piemonte, Italy)
Field name: Brisino
Archaeological context: medieval tomb
(Objects: VB·22 Stresa, VB·23 Stresa, VB·24 Stresa, VB·25 Stresa)
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 52' 5.77" N, 8° 33' 33.42" E
Find date: 1975
Current location: Museo Civico Antiquarium (Mergozzo)
Inventory no.: none

Inscription: VB·24 (exobna/diuconis/f)

Alternative sigla: Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 15a
Morandi 2004: 67

Sources: Morandi 2004: 564 f. no. 67



Image in De Giuli 1979: 248, fig. 3 (photo = Mainardis 2009: 337, fig. 5).

Mica schist stela with rounded top, broken into two pieces, found in secondary context together with VB·22 Stresa, VB·23 Stresa, VB·25 Stresa; see Brisino for the find circumstances and context. The shape of the Roman stelae at Brisino (also VB·25 Stresa) with the rounded top is similar to that of one of the epichoric stelae from Levo (VB·27 Stresa); De Giuli 1979: 251 mentions the possibility that the Brisino stones may come from the same site as the finds in Levo, though it seems quite possible that a pre-Roman/Roman necropolis existed in Brisino in the area of the Chiesa di Sant'Albino. Cf. Mainardis 2009: 337 f., who assumes the existence of a single workshop, pointing out that one stonemason/workshop would be able to produce stelae according to more traditional or modern tastes all dating to roughly the same time. Indeed, the gravestones from the Verbano cannot be marshalled into a clear chronological order, as factors like stone shape, frames, writing direction, letter forms and language/text formula appear in almost free combination. The present document is dated to the 1st c. BC in AE 1982, no. 413, to the 1st c. AD in the Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg (HD001987); a dating to the late 1st c. BC or early 1st c. AD seems most likely (cf. Cerrione and the gravestone from Bee (Lanza & Poletti Ecclesia 2021) dated to the early 1st c. AD). See also Caramella & De Giuli 1993: 209.

Corinna Salomon


AE Various authors, L'année épigraphique, Paris: 1888–.
Caramella & De Giuli 1993 Pierangelo Caramella, Alberto De Giuli, Archeologia dell'Alto Novarese, Mergozzo: Antiquarium Mergozzo 1993.
De Giuli 1979 Alberto De Giuli, "Le stele funerarie di Brisino", Sibrium 14 (1978–1979), 245–252.