III 128. Chersonesos. Dedication of altar, 2nd half of II - early III century C.E.

Monument

Type

Altar. 

Material

Marble. 

Dimensions (cm)

H. 30.0, W. 30.0, Th. 14.5.

Additional description

Top part of a rectangular altar with moulded cornice. The monument suffered fire damage. Three depressions on the top surface. Below the cornice: relief of an eagle with spread wings and head turned to the right, holding a wreath in its beak. On the cornice: three lines of text (badly damaged, line 1 is virtually lost). 

Place of Origin

Chersonesos. 

Find place

Sevastopol (Chersonesos). 

Find context

Unknown. 

Find circumstances

Unknown. Until 1881, the monument was in the museum of St. Vladimir monastery (Sevastopol). 

Modern location

Sevastopol. 

Institution and inventory

National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 3372. 

Epigraphic field

Position

On the front. 

Lettering

Lunate epsilon and sigma, cursive omega, serifs. 

Letterheights (cm)

1.4

Text

Category

Dedicatory inscription. 

Date

2nd half of II - early III century C.E. 

Dating criteria

Palaeography, general appearance. 

Editions

НЭПХ I (Solomonik 1963) I 18. 

Edition

[ε]ὐ̣χαριστ[ήριον]
[ὑπὲ]ρ̣ τέκνω[ν].

Diplomatic

[.].ΧΑΡΙΣΤ[.....]
[...].ΤΕΚΝΩ[.]

EpiDoc (XML)

<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc">
   <ab>
      		<lb n="1"/><supplied reason="lost">ε</supplied><unclear>ὐ</unclear>χαριστ<supplied reason="lost">ήριον</supplied>
      		<lb n="2"/><supplied reason="lost">ὑπὲ</supplied><unclear>ρ</unclear> τέκνω<supplied reason="lost">ν</supplied>.
   </ab>
   </div> 
Commentaries

Grakov, Vinogradov 1970, 132, approx. 13; НЭПХ II (Solomonik 1973) с. 94, approx. 148; Античная скульптура Херсонеса 1976 169, № 542; Solomonik 1990, 60, № 51. 

 
Apparatus criticus

1: [ε]ὐχ̣αριστ[ήριον] scripsi; [Ἀρ]χ̣ίστρ[ατος ?] falso Solomonik 1964; [εὐχ]αριστή[ριον] correxerunt Grakov

Translation

Thanks offering on behalf of children.

 

Commentary

The image of an eagle suggests that the altar may have been a dedication to Zeus-Jupiter. Cf. a dedication of an altar to Zeus Diberanos (III 129).

 

Images

(cc) © 2017 Igor Makarov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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