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Reading in transliteration: akiuip?ụotialui
Reading in original script: I sU7 sL sA15 sI sT sO6 sU7 s?P sI sU sI sK5 sA15 s

Object: TI·27 Mezzovico-Vira (stela)
(Inscriptions: TI·27.1, TI·27.2)
Position: front, left-hand side
Orientation: 270°
Frame: roundtop and bottomtop and bottom?  (left: round, middle: top and bottom, right: unknown)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 6–11 cm2.362 in <br />4.331 in <br />
Number of letters: 15
Number of words: 2
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: carved
Condition: complete, damaged

Archaeological culture: Golasecca III A
Date of inscription: 5th–early 4th c. BC

Type: funerary
Language: Celtic
Meaning: 'for Akios, son of Piuotios'

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 26 bis, 280

Sources: Morandi 2004: 707 f. no. 280



First published in Morandi 2004: 707 f., no. 280 (= 26bis).

Images in Morandi 2004: 708 (drawing).

Inscribed in a single line within a frame running from bottom to top (length ca. 117 cm); the frame is simply rounded on top and closed at the bottom. The damaged inscription was only detected (by Riccardo Carazzetti) during the stela's restauration in the late 1990s. It is applied on one of the stela's larger faces, indicating that it predates the better-preserved TI·27.1, which is written on one of the narrow sides, though it is not clear why TI·27.2 is situated to the left of the surface rather than in the middle – possibly a second inscription, felt to be more important, was intended to be placed in the centre at a later date, but never executed? Morandi 2004 assumes TI·27.2 to be secondary to and a rough imitation of TI·27.1 and thus dates it to the 3rd c. BC, but the frame shape indicates type B according to De Marinis & Motta 1991: 206, so that the inscription should, whether older or younger, date from roughly the same timeframe as TI·27.1. See also Solinas 2002: 482 f., n. 6.

Despite the bad legibility, Morandi's reading allows the identification of the binominal formula naming the deceased; the patronym can be emended to piuotialui, which also appears in TI·36.2 (see the word pages for details).

Corinna Salomon


De Marinis & Motta 1991 Raffaele C. De Marinis, Filippo Motta, "Una nuova iscrizione lepontica su pietra da Mezzovico (Lugano)", Sibrium 21 (1990–1991), 201–225.