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Reading in transliteration: setupokios
Reading in original script: S2 sO8 sI sK sO8 sP sU sT sE sS2 s

Object: TI·23 Locarno (pot)
Position: shoulder, outside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 1–2 cm0.394 in <br />0.787 in <br />
Number of letters: 10
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete, damaged

Archaeological culture: La Tène D [from object]
Date of inscription: late 2nd–1st c. BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'Setupokios'

Alternative sigla: Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 5
Solinas 1995: 24
Motta 2000: 25
Morandi 2004: 24

Sources: Morandi 2004: 532 no. 24



First published in Crivelli 1939: 199. Examined for LexLep on 17th October 2023.

Images in Crivelli 1939: 199, fig. 15 (drawing = Giussani 1940: 5), Tibiletti Bruno 1965c: 85 (photo and drawing), Stöckli 1975: 177, Taf. 39 (drawing), Solinas 1995: tav. LXII d and LXIV a, Morandi 1999: 166 (drawing) and 192, pl. V.1 (photo = Motta 2000: 214, fig. 22a = Morandi 2004: 784, tav. VII.24), Motta 2000: 214, fig. 22b (photo = Morandi 2004: 784, tav. VII.24).

Inscribed on the shoulder of the olla along the neck (length 7 cm); well legible. The letters are preserved on three separate fragments; only final sigma is damaged in the lower area, but a small trace indicates that it is S2 s like initial sigma rather than S s (cf. Tibiletti Bruno 1965c: 86).

setupokios is a dithematic masculine personal name in the nominative which is also attested on the Briona stela and abbreviated in MI·6; see the word page for details. Since the grave in which the inscription was found is that of a woman, the inscription is more likely to be that of a previous owner of the vessel than to have a connection with the burial, although the similarity in application with TI·25 from the same necropolis is notable.

See also Giussani 1940: 5 f., Tibiletti Bruno 1965b: 565, n. 25, Morandi 1999: 166 f., no. 9.

Corinna Salomon


Crivelli 1939 Aldo Crivelli, "La necropoli preromana di Solduno", Rivista Storica Ticinese 2/3 (1939), 193–200.
Giussani 1940 Antonio Giussani, "Epigrafi nord-etrusche e romane del nostro territorio", Rivista archeologica della provincia e antica diocesi di Como 123–124 (1940), 5–20.