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Attestation: BG·49 (piuo) (1)
Language: Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

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

Morphemic Analysis: biu̯ or biu̯-o(s)
Phonemic Analysis: /biū/ or /bio/
Meaning: 'Piuo'


Personal name in the nominative. The base biu̯- is very well attested in Cisalpine Celtic. Auslauting -⟨o⟩ could be due to an open articulation of /ū/, Latinisation of the same ending, or the loss of final /s/ (thus Motta in De Marinis & Motta 2007: 146); it can therefore not be decided whether the form is an o- or on-stem. It is theoretically also possible that piuo is an abbreviation of a longer name from the same base (cf. Delamarre 2007: 41 on bio), but both biu̯os and biu̯ū are attested in the corpus. Cf. also CIL V 4487 biuonia (Brescia) and V 4164 biueio (Leno).

Corinna Salomon


CIL Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. (17 volumes, various supplements)
Delamarre 2007 Xavier Delamarre, Noms de personnes celtiques dans l'épigraphie classique. Nomina Celtica Antiqua Selecta Inscriptionum, Paris: Errance 2007.
De Marinis & Motta 2007 Raffaele C. de Marinis, Filippo Motta, "Iscrizioni del II e I secolo a.C. dal territorio insubre e cenomane", in: Francesca Moradini, Marina Volonté (eds), Contributi di archeologia in memoria di Mario Mirabella Roberti. Cavriana 15–16 ottobre 2005 [= Annali Benacensi 13–14], Brescia: 2007, 135–160.