V 288. Pantikapaion. Epitaph of A–, IVth century C.E.
Broken off on the right and bottom.
Place of Origin
Institution and inventory
On the front.
Lapidary. Alpha with broken crossbar, kappa with elongated vertical.
IVth century C.E.
L1. Latyshev 1901, 78.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/> <g ref="#leaf"/> Ἐ<supplied reason="lost">νθάδε</supplied> <supplied reason="lost">κα</supplied><lb n="2" break="no"/>τάκε<supplied reason="lost">ιται</supplied> <app type="alternative"><lem>ὁ δοῦλος</lem> <rdg>ἡ δούλη</rdg></app> <supplied reason="lost">τοῦ</supplied> <lb n="3"/><roleName><expan><abbr>θ</abbr><ex>εο</ex><abbr>ῦ</abbr></expan></roleName> <seg part="I">Α</seg><gap reason="illegible" extent="unknown" unit="character"/>· <lb n="4"/><app type="alternative"><lem>ἐτε<supplied reason="lost">λεύτησεν</supplied></lem> <rdg>ἔτε<supplied reason="lost">ι</supplied></rdg></app><date> <num><gap reason="illegible" quantity="3" unit="character"/></num>, μην<lb n="5" break="no"/>ὶ <rs type="month" ref="feb">Φ<supplied reason="lost">εβρουαρίῳ</supplied></rs> <num atLeast="10" atMost="31"><gap reason="lost" quantity="2" unit="character"/></num></date>. </ab> </div>
1: Ἔνθα Latyshev
2: ὁ δοῦλος τοῦ Latyshev
4-5: ἐτε[λειώθη ...] Latyshev
Here lies a servant of God A...; died... (or: in the... year), ... of February.
In IOSPE II 330, this inscription was included with the ancient texts and represented only in diplomatic transcription. Latyshev apparently transcribed it in the Kerch museum, but I could not locate it there. No images are known.
1–3. On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.F.d. Restoration Ἔ[νθάδε] is to be preferred, on the basis of the reconstructed number of letters per line.
The letters preserved do not allow to ascertain the gender of the deceased.
4–5. Latyshev's restoration ἐτε[λειώθη] is unlikely due to the fact in the Northern Black Sea region such formula appears no earlier than the Xth century (V 243). For this reason, I prefer to suppose either a year date or the word ἐτελεύτησεν, attested in V 70 from Cherson, with a formula very similar to our text (see Introduction IV.3.F.g).
The ivy leaf, otherwise unattested in Christian inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea region, points to a connection with the epigraphic tradition of Roman Bosporus and suggests a date in the IVth century.