III 259. Chersonesos. Epitaph of Herophantos, 2nd half of III century B.C.Е.
H. 43.0, W. 29.0, Th. 12.5.
Upper part of a stele adorned with cornice and antefixes (right is broken off). On the front: two relief rosettes and relief sword belt. On the sides: one rosette on each. On the front, above the rosettes, the marble plaque is inserted into a rectangular depression. Two-line inscription is cut on the plaque and traced in red paint.
Place of Origin
Southeast sector of Chersonesos, southwest area of the necropolis by the Quarantine Bay, rock-cut cist tomb 115 (49)1.
Found in 1910, excavations of R.Ch. Loeper (НА НЗХТ, д. 103, л. 19, № 1038; д. 71, л. 74).
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 4609.
On the front; on a marble plaque inserted into a rectangular cut-out.
Alpha with slightly sagging crossbar, theta and omicron smaller than other letters, nu with even verticals, sigma with slightly splayed bars, noticeable flaring of the ends of hastae; serifs.
2nd half of III century B.C.Е.
НЭПХ I (Solomonik 1964) 32.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/>Ἡρόφαντος <lb n="2"/>Θεοφάντου. </ab> </div>
Loeper 1927, 228; Kolesnikova 1961,16; Античная скульптура Херсонеса 1976 72, № 180; Posamentir 2011, 89, № C8.
Herophantos, (son of) Theophantos.
Both theophoric names are attested on funerary monuments of the IV-III centuries B.C.E. (III 222, III 263), also found in the southeast sector of Chersonesos, but we have no data to establish familial relations between the name-bearers. Cf. also similar personal names attested in Chersonesos: Ἡροφάνης and Θεοφάνης (LGPN IV).
© 2017 Igor Makarov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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