I 40. Nikonion. Incertum, III century B.C.Е.

Monument

Type

Panel. 

Material

Marble, white, with gray veins. 

Dimensions (cm)

H. 6.5, W. 13.6, Th. 2.2.

Additional description

Two joining fragments. The front is carefully planed, other faces are broken off. 

Place of Origin

Nikonion. 

Find place

Roxolany, Ovidiopolis district, Odessa region. 

Find context

Unknown. 

Find circumstances

Found in 1959, excavations of M.S. Sinitzyn. 

Modern location

Odessa. 

Institution and inventory

Odessa Archaeological Museum, 72613. 

Autopsy

A.I. Ivantchik, September 2008 

Epigraphic field

Position

On the front. Broken off on the right. Probably, just one line of text. Margins: left - no less than 6,0; top - no less than 2,0; bottom - no less than 3,2. H. 1.4, W. 5.7

Lettering

Deeply cut but uneven letters, without serifs. Alpha with straight crossbar; nu with a short right vertical, slightly turned outward. 

Letterheights (cm)

1.3-1.6

Text

Category

Unknown. 

Date

III century B.C.Е. 

Dating criteria

Palaeography. 

Editions

Ineditum.. 

Edition

ΤΑΝΑ[---]

Diplomatic

ΤΑΝΑ[---]

EpiDoc (XML)

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   <ab>
      		<lb n="1"/><orig>ΤΑΝΑ</orig><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/>
   </ab>
   </div> 
 
Apparatus criticus

Translation

Not attempted.

 

Commentary

The place and circumstances of find are taken from the Museum's documenation, however, in the report published by Sinitzyn (1966,51), we read that "among the marble finds, only one inscribed marble was found, on which only one letter could be made out." It is unlikely, therefore, that his published report refers to our monument. In that case, either this second find escaped the attention of the director of excavations, or the Museum's records are incorrect.

The date of the inscription is suggested by the shape of the letter nu, which finds close parallels in the inscriptions of the III century B.C.E. from Tyras.

The category of text is hard to determine, however, since the inscription most likely consisted of one line, we may speculate that it was an epitaph. In that case, we might be looking for a personal name of the deceased, beginning with Τανα-.

 

Images

(cc) © 2017 Askold Ivantchik (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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