I 59. Tyras. Incertum, late II - III century C.E.
H. 23.0, W. 20.0, Th. 5.5.
The front and bottom are polished, the other faces are broken off. The bottom of the panel close to the left edge, is preserved. The epigraphic field is surrounded by a profiled border, which is preserved on the bottom and partially on the left. Nicorescu gave the thickness as 55,0cm, but this must be a mistake or typo. I suggest to correct that to 5,5.
Place of Origin
Trench 21, outer courtyard of the fortress, among building remains of the Roman Imperial period.
Found in 1929, excavations of Nicorescu.
Institution and inventory
On the front. Inset field within a border. The bottom left corner is preserved, broken off on the top and right.
Deeply and neatly cut letters with serifs. Alpha with straight crossbar. Rectangular sigma. Ligatures; nu is reduced in size in the last line. Dimensions are according to Nicorescu.
Late II - III century C.E.
L1. Nicorescu 1933, 569, No. 3, fig. 9; 1.1. Karyshkovsky 1959, 121, No. 11.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="0"/><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="line"/> <lb n="1"/><gap reason="lost" quantity="1" unit="character"/><gap reason="illegible" unit="character" quantity="2"/><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> <lb n="2"/><orig><unclear>Υ</unclear>ΠΙ<unclear>Ω</unclear></orig><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> <lb n="3"/><orig>ΔΙΩΝΑ<unclear>Π</unclear></orig><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> <lb n="4"/><w part="F">σαν</w> ἐν τῷ <gap reason="lost" quantity="3" unit="character"/><supplied reason="lost">ἔτει</supplied> <gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> </ab> </div>
4: SA in ligatura
The fate of this inscription, as well as of the others from the excavations of Nicorescu, is unknown: it has not been possible to locate them in Belgorod, Jasi, or Bucarest.
1: bottom parts of two vertical strokes are preserved; these may represent one or two letters.
2: here we may restore a personal name which contains –ΥΠΙΩ-, e.g. Ἀλυπίων, Εὐπίων, Γρυπίων, or a demotic Προυσιεὺς πρὸς τῷ Ὑπίῳ (cf. a near contemporary Olbian decree in honour of Markianos, son of Domnion, from Prusa, SEG 34.766). 3: we may restore a name ending in -διων and a patronymic in Απ-. Alternatively: ἐκ τῶν ἰ]δίων. None of these restorations can be considered secure.
4: In the last line, we should probably expect a dating formula.