V 87. Cherson. Epitaph of Isidoros and Theodore (?), Xth century C.E.
H. 12.5, W. 8.0, Th. 9.5.
Broken on all sides, except the bottom. Letters are weathered.
Place of Origin
Necropolis by the Quarantine Bay, soil heap.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 34930.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
On the front.
Lapidary. Letters are slightly leaning to the right and written between the drawn lines. Alpha with a loop, delta with an extended horizontal, accentuated with serifs, lunate epsilon and sigma, iota with diaeresis, У-shaped upsilon.
Xth century C.E.
L1. Latyshev 1908, 31, № 26.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><supplied reason="lost">Ἐκοιμήθησαν</supplied> <lb n="2"/><supplied reason="lost">ο</supplied>ἱ δοῦλ<supplied reason="lost">οι</supplied> <supplied reason="lost">τοῦ</supplied> <lb n="3"/><roleName><supplied reason="lost">Θ</supplied>εοῦ</roleName> Ἰ<unclear>σ</unclear>ί<supplied reason="lost">δωρος</supplied> <lb n="4"/>τοῦ Σα<supplied reason="lost" cert="low">ββατίου</supplied> <lb n="5"/><supplied reason="lost"><expan><abbr/><ex>καὶ</ex></expan></supplied> Θεόδ<supplied reason="lost" cert="low">ωρος</supplied> <lb n="6"/><date><supplied reason="lost">μ</supplied>ινὴ <rs type="month" ref="mai"><unclear>μ</unclear><supplied reason="lost">αίου</supplied></rs> <num><gap reason="lost" quantity="2" unit="character"/></num></date> </ab> </div>
2: δοῦλ[ος Latyshev
3-6: om. Latyshev
4: ...]ποῦσα Latyshev
5: Θεόδ[ωρος Latyshev
Fell asleep: servants of God, Isidoros, son of Sa[bbatios or: Sabas], and Theod[ore (?)]... of May.
Latyshev only reconstructed the expression "servant of God" in lines 2 and 3, and the name Theodore in line 5.
1-2. On the restorable formula, see IV.3.F.e.
3-4. Christian names Isidoros and Sabas are not otherwise attested in epigraphic monuments of the Black Sea region; on the name Sabbatios, see commentary to V 282.
6. In reconstructing a month, we should prefer May to March due to the shorter length of the former, which allows to fit it into the available space of the line as we reconstruct it.
The monument was found in a broken state, in the fill of a necropolis, whence it probably originates.