I 39. Tyras. Designation of weight measure, uncertain date.

Monument

Type

Weight. 

Material

Marble. 

Dimensions (cm)

H. 7.0, W. 6.2, Th. 10.0.

Additional description

A stone weight (1,151 kg) in the shape of parallelepiped, damaged on the left. 

Place of Origin

Tyras. 

Find place

Belgorod-Dnestrovsky. 

Find context

Trench A (outside the confines of the fortress, on the bank of Dniester). 

Find circumstances

Found in 1919, excavations of Nicorescu. 

Modern location

Unknown. 

Institution and inventory

Unknown. 

Epigraphic field

Position

On the bottom. Preserved nearly complete. 

Lettering

Letters are cut without much care. 

Text

Category

Unclear. 

Date

Uncertain date. 

Dating criteria

Editions

L1. Nicorescu 1924, 396, № 5, fig. 11. SEG 3, 566; 1.1. SEG, 3, 566; 1.2. Karyshkovsky 1959, 123, № 19. 

Edition

ΜΗΤΟΡ

Diplomatic

ΜΗΤΟΡ

EpiDoc (XML)

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Apparatus criticus

Translation

Not attempted.

 

Commentary

The weight, as many other inscribed monuments from the excavations of Nicorescu, had probably been taken to Jasi, but subsequently lost, and now its whereabouts are unknown. Nicorescu surmised that the original weight of the object was 3 minae or 1309,8g. The meaning of the inscription is not clear. It might be an abbreviation of a name that begins with Μητρο-, with a mistaken transposition of letters. Nicorescu advocated the reading ΜΕΤΡΟ(ΝΟΜΩΝ), which requires two corrections in the text and a doubtful expansion. His reading cannot be accepted. Equally doubtful is the analogy with the name Μητῶρος, made in SEG 3. The name is attested only once in a dedication of the VI century B.C.E. from Didyma.

 

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