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Reading in transliteration: polios
Reading in original script: P dO5 dL dI dO8 dS d

Object: VA·13 Arsago Seprio (bowl)
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: North Italic script
Letter height: 1.9–5 cm0.748 in <br />1.969 in <br />
Number of letters: 6
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: Augustan [from object]
Date of inscription: late 1st c. BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: 'Polios'

Alternative sigla: Morandi 2004: 113

Sources: Morandi 2004: 599 f. no. 113



First published in Morandi 2004: 599 f., no. 113. Examined for LexLep on 30th April 2022.

Images in Morandi 2001: 12, no. 4 (drawing), Morandi 2004: 603, fig. 16.113 (drawing) and tav. XVI.113 (photo).

Inscribed upside-down on the bottom of the bowl (length ca. 8 cm). Pi and iota are considerably taller than the other letters; the lines of the first omicron are also prolonged at the bottom, as is the bottom bar of sigma (taken for two bars S2 d by Morandi because of the slight curve).

polios is a masculine personal name which finds comparanda in Celtic context, but not necessarily of Celtic origin (see the word page); Morandi 2004 alternatively compares Greek πολιός 'grey'. Cf. publius polio on a 2nd c. Roman stela from nearby Sesto Calende (Sartori 2009b: 464 f., SC14.03).

From the same grave comes a terra sigillata cup (Goudineau 2) with a stamp attributable to C. Sertorius Ocella (OCK 1912, 40–15 BC), from the associated ustrinum fragments of two more terra sigillata vessels with stamps of Macer (OCK 1078) and Saluius (OCK 1775/1776/1777) (Volontè Fredini 1990: 70).

Corinna Salomon