TI·5

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Inscription
Reading in Transliteration: ariśai 
Reading in Original Script: I sA sŚ2 sI sR sA s
Variant Reading: arimiai (Solinas)

Object: TI·5 Giubiasco (bowl)Latitude: 46.17262
Longitude: 9.011164
Position: bottom, outside
Orientation: 180°
Direction of Writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic Script
Letter Height: 5
Number of Letters: 6 - 7
Number of Words: 1
Number of Lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after burning
Condition: complete

Archaeological Culture: unknown [from object]
Date of Inscription: 1st century BC [from object]
Date derived from: unknown [from object]

Type: dedicatory
Language: Celtic
Syntactic Analysis: NP
Meaning: "for Ariśa"

Alternative Sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 262
Solinas 1994: 11
Morandi 2004: 6

Sources: Morandi 2004: 522 & 525 (fig.)
Solinas 1994: 324-325

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Commentary

The alternative reading aṛiṃiai (Solinas 1995: 324 nr. 11) is unlikely because the Roman-style letter M would typically have two slanting hastae on the outside and the two internal hastae would reach to the bottom or nearly to the bottom. Perfectly vertical outside hastae and internal hastae that remain above the middle height are typical of Ś (Ś s), albeit of its early variant. A similarly shaped Ś appears in TI·7 aśui and in TI·9 reśu from the same site, Giubiasco. On alternate readings see Tibiletti Bruno 1965b: 567 fn. 40. The late appearance – 1st c. BC – of the early variant of Ś, side by side with the younger and more common butterfly variant in TI·13 piraụiχeś, is remarkable. Unfortunately the only example of an M among the inscriptions hailing from Giubiasco is in koma, the reading of which, however, is very doubtful. (cf. Morandi 1999: 162)

Bibliography

Morandi 1999 Alessandro Morandi, "Epigrafia vascolare celtica fra Ticino e Como", Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire 77 (1999), 151-204.
Morandi 2004 Alessandro Morandi, Celti d'Italia. A cura di Paola Piana Agostinetti. Tomo II: Epigrafia e lingua dei Celti d'Italia [= Popoli e civiltà dell'Italia antica 12.2], Roma: Spazio Tre 2004.
Rhŷs 1913 Sir John Rhŷs, The Celtic inscriptions of Cisalpine Gaul [= Proceedings of the British Academy 6], London: British Academy 1913.
Solinas 1994 Patrizia Solinas, "Il Celtico in Italia", Studi Etruschi 60 (1994 [1995]), 311-408.
Tibiletti Bruno 1965b Maria Grazia Tibiletti Bruno, "Eripochios", Studi Etruschi 33 (1965), 559-573.
Tibiletti Bruno 1973-5 Maria Grazia Tibiletti Bruno, "Problemi Epigrafico-Linguistici del Ticino e della Lombardia Preromani", Sibrium 12 (1973-1975), 47-57.
Tibiletti Bruno 1978 Maria Grazia Tibiletti Bruno, "Ligure Leponzio e Gallico", in: Aldo Luigi Prosdocimi (Ed.), Lingue e dialetti dell'Italia antica [= Popoli e civiltà dell'Italia antica 6/1], Roma: Biblioteca di Storia Patria 1978, 131-208.
Ulrich 1914 Rudolf Ulrich, Die Gräberfelder in der Umgebung von Bellinzona, Zürich: 1914.
Whatmough 1933 Joshua Whatmough, The Prae-Italic Dialects of Italy. Vol. 2, Part 3: The Raetic, Lepontic, Gallic, East-Italic, Messapic and Sicel inscriptions, Cambridge/Mass.: Harvard University Press 1933.
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