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Northern Picene
(192 words)

[German version]

The language of an inscription (12 lines) on a stele which was discovered around the turn of the 19th/20th cents. near Novilara, 6 km south of Pesaro. It consists of about 40 word elements written in an alphabet very similar to the Etruscan script. Yet as in the Southern Picene script the alphabet has preserved the Greek signs for b, d, g und o and adds a third back vowel that is represented by means of u with a diacritic dash. It is thought that we can recognize some Greek loanwords: isperion - ἑσπέριον/hespérion, polem - πόλιν/pólin, soter, sotris - σωτήρ/sōtḗr, vilatos - εὐίλ…

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Untermann, Jürgen (Pulheim/Köln), “Northern Picene”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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