I 32. Tyras. Epitaph of Arestos, II century B.C.E.
H. 42.5, W. 45.0, Th. 10.5.
Upper, left and bottom faces of the stele, as well as the top right corner are broken off.The right side is planed. The top of the stele bears a relief, representing a man reclining on a couch, with a three-legged table in front of him. A woman is seated on a stool at man's feet. Behind her is a female attendant, whose figure is partly chipped off. On the right - a boy with crossed legs. The surface of the relief is badly damaged. Below the relief is a flat area, below which is a cornice. The inscription is on the right side of the flat area.
Place of Origin
On the bank of Dniester, during preparatory works for the construction of a pier.
Found in 1860 in Akkerman, together with fragments of two ancient statues.
Institution and inventory
Right side of the flat area below the relief.
Uneven letters. Alpha with broken crossbar. Small omicron. Sigma both with parallel and with splayed bars. Average distance between lines: ca. 1,2cm (on Latyshev's drawing).
II century B.C.E.
L1. IOSPE, I, 5; 1.1. IOSPE I2, 8; 2. Kieseritzky, Watzinger 1909, 123, n° 687, Taf. L..
1: ᾽Ά[γ]εστος Kieseritzky
Arestos, son of Aischines.
The stele was transferred to the Museum of the Odessa Society for History and Antiquities immediately after its discovery, but I was not able to locate it in the Odessa Archaeological Museum. It may have gone missing during World War II. The description of the monument and its dimensions are given according to Kizeritzky who inspected the stone in 1889. V.V. Latyshev provides slighlty different dimensions: 41 x 43 x 10cm. A preliminary report about the inscription was included in the Report of the Odessa Soceity for History and Antiquities for 1859-60, 17; see also Yurgevich 1887, 44, № 82. Both names mentioned in the inscription are quite common.