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Reading in transliteration: śuro
Reading in original script: Ś dU9 dR dO3 d

Object: MI·10 Milano (slab)
(Inscriptions: MI·10.1, MI·10.2, MI·10.3, MI·10.4, MI·10.5, MI·10.6, MI·10.7, MI·10.8)
Position: centre
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 2.3 –3 cm2.3 cm <br />0.906 in <br />1.181 in <br />
Number of letters: 4
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: carved
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: unknown [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'Śuro'

Alternative sigla: Solinas 1995: 104 f
Morandi 2004: 140 f

Sources: Morandi 2004: 615–617 no. 140 f



First published in Tibiletti Bruno 1986: 106. Examined for LexLep (on the original and on the cast) on 26th April 2022.

Images in Tibiletti Bruno 1986: 100, fig. 1 (photo of a cast) and fig. 2 (drawing of the inscription as on the cast, hence retrograde = Solinas 1995: 365; mirrored in LexLep for easier comparison with the other images), Morandi 2004: 621, fig. 19.140a (drawing) and tav. XXI.140 a, b (photos), Zavaroni et al. 2014: 281, fig. 2 (drawing). The composite photos were made during the autopsy for Zavaroni et al. 2014 and were kindly provided by Alberto Zavaroni; the tracing of letters reflects the readings in that publication. Our photo is of the inscription on the cast kept by the Soprintendenza Milano.

Inscribed somewhat to the left of and below MI·10.5, with comparatively well legible letters (length 4.5 cm). The direction in which the inscription should be read is indicated by rho and upsilon. Though the orientation is uncertain, the execution of the lines indicates that the inscription is upright (as on the slab in its current orientation; inverted upsilon cannot be excluded in light of inverted lambda, which occurs in other inscriptions on the slab (MI·10.1, MI·10.5), pace Tibiletti Bruno, who reads inverted dextroverse oruś (cf. Zavaroni et al. 2014: 288). The epigraphically and linguistically more plausible śuro is suggested by Morandi (p. 617), who compares sura, which does not provide a motivation for san. Since san in initial position can hardly represent a tau gallicum cluster, it is suggested to represent /d/ by Stifter 2010: 372. See the word page for the analysis as a personal name duro.

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