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Lepontic, also called Ligurian by some [1. 43], is a Celtic language documented in a small area around Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como. It has been connected with the Golasecca culture [2. 224; 3. 30; 6. 312]. The c. 60 known Lepontic linguistic monuments [1. 44f.; 4; 5] are written in the northern Etruscan alphabet ( Italy, alphabetical scripts) and come from a period from the 6th/5th to about the 3rd-1st cent. BC. They are primarily funerary inscriptions, as well as a few dedicatory inscriptions and coin legends. The linguistic assignmen…

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Ziegler, Sabine (Würzburg), “Lepontic”, 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 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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