III 129. Chersonesos. Dedication of altar to Zeus Diberanos, 2nd half of II - early III century C.E.
H. 18.5, W. 13.5, Th. 12.5.
Upper part of a rectangular altar, broken off on the bottom. Well worked on the sides and front. The top is treated summarily. On the left and right sides: reliefs of an eagle with wings down (on the left side, there is damage at the bottom). Eagles' heads, with wreaths in their beaks, are turned towards the front surface. The artistly is quite primitive, almost without any detailing. Seven lines of text on the front.
Place of Origin
In a stone rubble pile, on the highway near the junction of the Quarantine Gully and Quarantine Bay (in the area of a supposed ancient road to Chersonesos and of an ancient necropolis).
Found in 1950s, during road works. Subsequently acquired by the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.
Institution and inventory
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, no inventory number.
On the front.
Variations in lettershapes: alpha with straight and broken crossbar, cursive and angular sigma and omega; iota adscriptum and subscriptum; serifs.
2nd half of II - early III century C.E.
Palaeography, general appearance.
Grakov, Vinogradov 1970, 129, № 2 (= Bull.ép. 1973, 307).
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/>ἀγαθῆι τύχηι· <lb n="2" break="no"/>εὐχαρισ <lb n="3" break="no"/>τήριον θε <lb n="4" break="no"/>ῷ Διὶ Διβε <lb n="5" break="no"/>ρανῳ εὐ <lb n="6" break="no"/>χῆς χάριν <lb n="6a"/><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="line"/> </ab> </div>
НЭПХ II (Solomonik 1973) с. 92–95; Vinogradov 1975, 173; Stefani 1874, 56 (= Bull.ép. 1990, 571 (Vinogradov); SEG 40, 618); Solomonik 1990, 60, № 50.
6: fin.: hedera.
With good fortune. Thanks offering to god Zeus Diberanos, on account of a prayer ---.
© 2017 Igor Makarov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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