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Attestation: TI·11 (rupelos) (1)
Status: uncertain
Language: prob. Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

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

Morphemic Analysis: rup-el-os
Phonemic Analysis: /rūbelos/ or /rupellos/
Meaning: 'Rupelos'


See the inscription page on the uncertain reading.

The form is an o-stem personal name formed with an l-suffix (see -il(l)-). Celtic comparanda can be found, if sparsely, for both rup- and rub-. See the discussion in Rhŷs 1913: 24 of some of the forms cited by Holder AcS II: 1237, esp. rubellinus in Transalpine Gaul, though the distribution in place names may indicate a non-Celtic base (cf. Motta 2000: 212). Holder AcS II: 1248 lists isolated onomastic forms in rup-; Schmidt KGP: 116, 262 has CIL XIII 994 adruppo (Aquitania). Cf. also the coin legend RIG M-247 rupios (previously read rubios).

Corinna Salomon


AcS Alfred Holder, Alt-celtischer Sprachschatz, Leipzig: Teubner 1896–1907.
CIL Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. (17 volumes, various supplements)