I 40. Nikonion. Incertum, III century B.C.Е.
Marble, white, with gray veins.
H. 6.5, W. 13.6, Th. 2.2.
Two joining fragments. The front is carefully planed, other faces are broken off.
Place of Origin
Roxolany, Ovidiopolis district, Odessa region.
Found in 1959, excavations of M.S. Sinitzyn.
Institution and inventory
Odessa Archaeological Museum, 72613.
A.I. Ivantchik, September 2008
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
Deeply cut but uneven letters, without serifs. Alpha with straight crossbar; nu with a short right vertical, slightly turned outward.
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-.