VB·30 Stresa

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Classification: stela

Material: stone
Size: height 125 cm, width 45 cm, thickness 5.5 cm
Condition: complete
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Apr 24 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: Levo
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 53' 2.87" N, 8° 30' 27.10" E
Find date: 1887
Find circumstances: construction work
Current location: Museo di Antichità (Torino)
Inventory no.: St 497

Inscription: VB·30 (surica/ciponis/f)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): note xvii (a)
Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 18b
Morandi 2004: 73

Sources: Morandi 2004: 569 no. 73



Mica schist stela with curved top; see Levo for the find circumstances and context. Bought by Fabretti for the museum in Torino (De-Vit in Ferrero 1889: 262). The shape of the stela is similar to that of VB·28 Stresa from Levo, which bears an epichoric inscription. 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; cf. Mainardis 2009: 337 f., who points 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. The present document is dated to the middle of the 1st c. BC by Morandi; we prefer to date the Roman stelae from the Verbano to the late 1st c. BC or early 1st c. AD (cf. Cerrione and the gravestone from Bee (Lanza & Poletti Ecclesia 2021) dated to the early 1st c. AD).

Corinna Salomon


Ferrero 1889 Ermanno Ferrero, "Regione XI. (Transpadana)", Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità (1889), 261–262.