Iguvine Tables


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Iguvine Tables

(ĭ`gyo͝ovĭn), several inscribed bronze tablets dating from the 1st and 2d cent. A.D., discovered in 1444 at Gubbio, Italy (the ancient Iguvium and later Eugubium). Most of them are still preserved there. They set forth the acts of the Attidian Brethren, a corporation of 12 priests. The tablets proved an important aid in understanding the ancient Umbrian language and supplied information on ancient Italian religious rites.
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Umbrian is best documented, in seven bronze tables, the Iguvine Tables, discovered intact in 1444.
Some interesting points are made through the combination of textual and archaeological data, and the attention they pay to rural ritual systems at this time is admirable (though it was an ill-considered decision to devote almost 10% of the book to Wilkins' treatment of the so-called Iguvine Tables, a dozen editions of which have been published since the 19th century, with a further two volumes forthcoming from this same author).
The Iguvine Tables, seven pre-Roman bronze tablets found in Italy in the 15th century, contain rites and sacral laws of the Fratres Atiedii, a priestly brotherhood in ancient Italy.