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Reading in transliteration: aiero
Reading in original script: O2 sR sE2 sI sA24 s

Object: TI·28 Maroggia (stela)
Position: front
Frame: straighttop and bottomtop and bottomstraight  (left: straight, middle: top and bottom, right: straight)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Number of letters: 5
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: carved
Condition: unknown

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

Type: prob. funerary
Language: unknown
Meaning: 'Aiero' (?)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 277
Solinas 1995: 18
Morandi 2004: 37

Sources: Morandi 2004: 541 no. 37



First published in Giussani 1907: 145–150.

Image in Morandi 2004: 543, fig. 10.37 (drawing).

According to Giussani and Rhŷs 1913: 16, no. 4, who saw it in 1912, the inscription in applied within "grooves forming a roughly drawn oblong boundary, which the extremes of the lettering touch at top and bottom". Giussani suggests either O2 sR sP sI sA24 s aipro or O2 sR sE2 sI sA24 s aiero, preferring the former, while Rhŷs opts for the latter, interpreting it as a personal name (see the word page). Solinas 1995, who is unlikely to have seen the stone, transliterates ai--ro. Morandi 2004, observing that initial alpha in the drawing looks Latin, voices gentle doubts about the document's status as Celtic and indeed its authenticity, which – just like the reading – cannot be verified until the stone is found.

Corinna Salomon


Giussani 1907 Antonio Giussani, "Nuove Iscrizioni Preromane, Romane e Cristiane nel Territorio Comasco", Rivista Archeologica della Provincia di Como 53 (1907), ???.