|Reading in transliteration:||atep|
|Reading in original script:|
|Object:||MI·2 Parabiago (cup)|
|Direction of writing:||dextroverse|
|Script:||prob. North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)|
|adapted to:||Latin script|
|Letter height:||0.6–1 cm0.236 in <br />0.394 in <br />|
|Number of letters:||4–5|
|Number of words:||1|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Workmanship:||scratched after firing|
|Archaeological culture:||Augustan [from object]|
|Date of inscription:||late 1st c. BC [from object]|
|Alternative sigla:||Solinas 1995: 109|
Morandi 2004: 132
|Sources:||Morandi 2004: 611 no. 132|
First published in Tizzoni 1984: 72, no. 3. Examined for LexLep on 28th April 2022.
Images in Tizzoni 1984: tav. XLIV e (drawing = Solinas 1995: 367, no. 109), Frontini 1985: tav. 16.12 (drawing).
Inscribed in a curve on the foot of the cup, with the upper parts of the letters pointing outward. Initial alpha is retrograde and has a shortened first hasta; it may well have been intended as rather than . The bar of tau is slightly tilted in writing direction. Tizzoni's drawing correctly shows as the final letter; Morandi accordingly reads atiil or atiip, assuming an abbreviated personal name and comparing specifically atilonei. Frontini's drawing shows non-retrograde alpha as the final letter, and also Tibiletti Bruno 1984: 123 reads alpha (discounting the bar of tau and reading upsilon as second letter, followed by a single iota → auia in Latin script). However, the impression of a lower bar in the last letter is due to one of the concentric circles on the foot (and a combination of two different forms of alpha would be unlikely anyway); the last letter is either pi or, less likely, inverted lambda. Double iota is unusual; since Latin or Latinised script is indicated by tau with a hasta and made plausible by the low dating, the two verticals could be cursive Latin epsilon . atep is thus more likely epigraphically, and could be an abbreviation of a personal name like ateporix vel sim. (see the word page).
|Frontini 1985||Patrizia Frontini, La ceramica a vernice nera nei contesti tombali della Lombardia [= Archeologia dell'Italia Settentrionale 3], Como: 1985.|