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Etruscan Mlak[ And The Interpretation Of The Inscription On The Santa Teresa Kyathos

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The bucchero kyathos recently recovered from tumulus V at podere Santa Teresa in the commune of Gavorrano, Grosseto Province, is an important addition to the small but growing corpus of Orientalizing period kyathoi inscribed with Etruscan inscriptions of the muluvanice type. The inscription, cited in, spirals up around the top half of the conical base of the kyathos in right-to-left direction. Theinscription presents several interesting features, the most intriguing of which is the appearance of the adjective mlax/mlakas 'good, beautiful' in sentence-final position. Because of the extent of the break in the ceramic near the top of the base of the kyathos, it is impossible to determine howmany letters were incised in the lacuna following mlak[ Cappuccini opts for two letters, presumably based on his ideas about the syntax of the form, but additional letters are possible.

Keywords: bucchero kyathos; Etruscan; mlak[ Cappuccini; Santa Teresa



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