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Reading in transliteration: kasilus
Reading in original script: S2 sU sL2 sI sS2 sA sK5 s

Object: VR·31 Verona (bowl)
Position: bottom, inside
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script
Letter height: 0.6–0.8 cm0.236 in <br />0.315 in <br />
Number of letters: 7
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène D [from object]
Date of inscription: 150–50 BC [from object]

Type: prob. mark of possessor
Language: Cisalpine Gaulish
Meaning: 'Kasilus'

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Marchesini & Stifter 2018: 154 (no. 8)


First published in Solinas 2016: 377f. (no. 8).

Images in Solinas 2016: tav. LVI c (photo); Marchesini & Stifter 2018: fig. 4.5.8 (photo and drawing).

Length of inscription 3 cm; small, but well preserved.

The fifth letter L2 s is usually pi in the Lepontic alphabet, including VR·28 from the same necropolis, but unambiguous exceptions do occur (see L). The reading with lambda must be preferred in this case, as it results in a plausible personal name which is otherwise attested in the corpus (NM·11; see the word page). A suffix -po- or -bo- is unknown; Stifter in Marchesini & Stifter 2018: 146 mentions the possibility of a dative plural in -pus, but this would be unparalleled among the one-word inscriptions in the corpus. In any case, in regard of the low dating and the accompanying Latin mark, the form is most probably Latinised (-os → -us).

See VR·32 for a possible abbreviation ka.

Corinna Salomon