miliarios

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Attestation: MI·10.2 (miliarios) (1)
Language: Celtic
Word Type: noun

Grammatical Categories: nom. sg. masc.
Stem Class: i̯o

Morphemic Analysis: miliar-i̯-os (?)
Phonemic Analysis: /miliaros/
Meaning: 'milestone' (?)

Commentary

The form is usually interpreted as the Latin miliarium 'milestone', but its grammatical form is unclear. If the form is grammatically Latin, the ending -os identifies it as an accusative plural – miliarium is attested in this case on the Miliarium Popillianum (Morandi 2004: 616) in a sentence, but it makes little sense in isolation. Somewhat more probable is a Celticised nominative singular of the Latin word, though with unmotivated transfer from neuter to masculine. Formally, it could of course simply be a Celtic personal name, but the formation would be unusual, and there are no comparanda in sight.

Corinna Salomon

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