Iguvine Tables

Set of seven inscribed bronze tables written in the Umbrian language and found in 1444 at Iguvium (modern Gubbio, Italy).

Some are written in the Umbrian script and others in the Latin alphabet; they probably date from the 3rd to 1st century BC. The tables record liturgy, sacred rites, and regulations of the Fratres Atiedii, a brotherhood of priests, and are of great value for the study of ancient Italic language and religion.

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      a set of seven inscribed bronze tables found in 1444 at Iguvium (modern Gubbio, Italy), an Umbrian town. The tables are written in the Umbrian language, four and part of a fifth using the Umbrian script, the rest Latin characters. The earliest appear to date from the 3rd or 2nd century BC, the latest from the early part of the 1st century BC. These tables give the liturgy of the Fratres Atiedii, a brotherhood of priests, and are of great value for the study of ancient Italic language and religion.

      The first table contains regulations for the purification of the sacred mount or citadel of Iguvium and for the lustration (purification) of the people. Tables six and seven contain essentially the same material as the first, but in greatly expanded form and in somewhat later language. The second, third, and fourth tables describe several different sacrifices, many of the details of which are quite obscure. The fifth table deals with administrative details of the brotherhood and ends with a statement of mutual obligations between the Fratres Atiedii and two of the (originally) 10 divisions of the Iguvine people.

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