Author: G. Vallarino

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A Mesocorinthian kotyle recently rediscovered in the storerooms of the Archaeological Service at Taranto, originally found in the excavations of the archaic sanctuary of Saturo, bears an uncomplete Corinthian abecedarium, one of the few known so far. The paper presents the inscription in detail and provides a list of the other Corinthian abecedaria, in order to discuss problems related to the positioning of some characteristic letters which seem to vary quite a bit in the alphabetic series. Finally, an overall interpretation of painted abecedaria’s function is proposed.