V 244. Partenit. Ownership inscription of Damianos, ca. 1427 C.E.
Round. Broken off on the right.
Place of Origin
1871, excavations of D.M. Strukov.
Institution and inventory
In the centre and along the perimeter.
Lapidary. Lambda with protruding right hasta, tau with serifs. Ligature: lambda-iota; monogram.
Ca. 1427 C.E.
L1. Myts 1991, 183–184, fig. 4.1; 1.1. Myts 2009, 145–147.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><expan><abbr>Δαμη</abbr><ex>ανός</ex></expan>, <lb n="2"/><unclear>ὁ</unclear> <supplied reason="lost">μητρο</supplied><unclear>π</unclear>ολίτης <expan><abbr>πόλεο</abbr><ex>ς</ex></expan> <expan><abbr>Θε</abbr><ex>οδώρους</ex></expan>. </ab> </div>
1: Δαμιαν(ὸς) Myts
2: ὁ: om. Myts
Damianos, metropolitan of the city of Theodoro.
The drawing made by Strukov is preserved at the Manuscript Archive, Institute for History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences 1872. Д. 53. Л. 10.
1. The name Damianos is given in a monogram. This is probably the same Damianos as in V 241.
2. Myts identified this inscription as stauropegic, however, a stauropegic domain is always patriarchal, and in Crimea it is attested only at Yalta (Miklosich, Mueller 1862, 67–68, № 367) — rather we should consider the inscription as signifying the authority of a certain archiereus over that church: in the Middle and Late Byzantine epigraphy, the stauropegic locality is always stated (e.g., Grégoire 1929, № 298 (Megiste island in Lycia, 1637 C.E.)). Our inscription rather resembles Feissel, Philippidis-Braat 1985, № 86 from Patrae, dated to the same period (1426 C.E.), where the metropolitan's patronage of a church is expressed by his coat of arms and accompanying inscription.
For the historical context, see Myts 2009, 145–147 and commentary to V 239.