V 310. Pantikapaion. Epitaph (?) of Theodore, IV-Vth centuries C.E.
Coarse-grained spongy limestone.
H. 46.0, W. 27.0, Th. 13.0.
Stele of irregular shape; on the front - carved cross with flaring arms. Fully preserved.
Place of Origin
Extension of Gospitalnaya Street, south end, property of V. Ivanov.
December 1908, chance find.
Institution and inventory
In lower corners between the arms of the cross.
Lapidary. Rectangular epsilon, rounded theta.
1: Θ(εὸς) ἐ(λέησον) (?) Shkorpil
The reading of the abbreviation offered by Shkorpil has no parallels, however, a similar case is attested on a vessel from the nearby Stara Zagora in Bulgaria ((Beševliev 1964, № 204; IV–Vth century), where we find ΘΕ vacat Θεοδώρου κόμητος, that is, theta and epsilon represent an abbreviation of the name Theodore (rejected by Shkorpil), by analogy with ΙΩ representing Ioannes. We may also compare a monogram from Tepe-Kermen (V 207).
It is quite possible that the monument is a tombstone of very crude workmanship.