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Reading in transliteration: luto / artonis : f
Reading in original script:     L3 dU dT2 dO6 d
A25 dR6 dT2 dO6 dN6 dI dS6 dseparator dV4 d

Object: VB·25 Stresa (stela)
Position: top, front
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Script: Latin script
Letter height: 8.5–11.5 cm3.346 in <br />4.528 in <br />
Number of letters: 12
Number of words: 3
Number of lines: 2
Workmanship: carved
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: Augustan, Tiberian [from object]
Date of inscription: late 1st c. BC–early 1st c. AD [from object]

Type: funerary
Language: Latin
Meaning: 'Luto son of Arto'

Alternative sigla: Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 15b
Morandi 2004: 68

Sources: Morandi 2004: 565 no. 68



First published in De Giuli 1979: 249. Examined for LexLep on 20th April 2024.

Images in De Giuli 1979: 249 (photo fig. 4 = Mainardis 2009: 337, fig. 5, and drawing), Caramella & De Giuli 1993: 208 (drawing).

Inscribed in two centered lines in the upper area of the stela (length line 1 31.5 cm, line 2 54.5 cm; distance from top 22.5 cm). The script is Latin; some of the letters feature serifs.

The text is a Latinised name formula with individual name and filiation; both names are etymologically Celtic (see the word pages). Cf. Tibiletti Bruno 1979: 263 f., Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 168 f., no. 15b, De Giuli 1979: 245, 251, Caramella & De Giuli 1993: 208 f., Morandi 2004; 565, no. 68.

See the object page on the dating. Morandi 2004: 565 dates the inscription to the first half of the 1st century BC, probably to match his dating of VB·24, but this seems too early. Based on the stela shape, absence of a frame and Latin alphabet without Lepontic influence, VB·25 belongs to the latest layer of the attested Verbano gravestones.

See also AE 1982, no. 414, Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg HD001984.

Corinna Salomon


AE Various authors, L'année épigraphique, Paris: 1888–.
Caramella & De Giuli 1993 Pierangelo Caramella, Alberto De Giuli, Archeologia dell'Alto Novarese, Mergozzo: Antiquarium Mergozzo 1993.
De Giuli 1979 Alberto De Giuli, "Le stele funerarie di Brisino", Sibrium 14 (1978–1979), 245–252.