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Reading in transliteration: tai
Reading in original script: T2 dA22 sI d

Object: BG·36 Verdello (cup)
(Inscriptions: BG·36.1, BG·36.2)
Position: foot, outside
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: Latin script
adapted to: North Italic script
Number of letters: 3
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: Augustan [from object]
Date of inscription: 20–1 BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: 'of Taios' (?)

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 293

Sources: Morandi 2004: 714 f. no. 293



First published in Morandi 2003: 130–132, no. 12.

Images in Jorio 2003: 206, 1.2 (drawing), Morandi 2003: 131, fig. 15 (photo = Morandi 2004: 714, fig. 37).

Inscribed on the foot of the cup near the rim. The alphabet appears to be the same one as used in BG·36.1, where all three letters occur in the same forms; the two inscriptions belong together and are very probably from the same hand (Morandi 2003: 131). How the two parts relate to each other is unclear, see BG·36.1. tai may be, as many three-letter sequences, an abbreviation of a personal name (Morandi 2007: 301, no. 33), but the ending in i also allows for an interpretation as a genitive (Morandi 2003, 2004). The name may be Celtic, but – as with cilo in Latin script from the same grave – good comparanda are rare and no etymology suggests itself (see the word page). See BG·36.1 for a possible interpretation of the whole document as a pottery production note.

Corinna Salomon