III 264. Chersonesos. Epitaph of Apemantos, late IV - early III century B.C.Е.
H. 85.0, W. 40.0, Th. 17.0.
Stele adorned with a moulded cornice. Broken off on the bottom. The front and sides are plastered. Below the cornice: two-line inscription is cut and traced in red paint.
Place of Origin
Southeast sector of Chersonesos, fortification walls, Tower XVII ("Zeno's Tower"), masonry.
Found in 1961, excavations of S.F. Strzheletsky (НА НЗХТ, д. 30).
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 36/36847.
On the front, below the cornice.
Mu with almost vertical outer hastae, omicron slightly smaller than other letters, pi with very short right vertical, four-bar sigma with splayed bars; slight flaring of the ends of hastae.
Late IV - early III century B.C.Е.
Solomonik 1969, 57, № 1; НЭПХ II (Solomonik 1973) 135; Perlman 2011, 442, No. 51.
Posamentir 2006, 47; Posamentir 2011, 59, No. 51; Perlman 2011, 390 f.
Apemantos, (son of) Agnias.
The investigation of the stele with the use of indirect and UV light (Posamentir 2011, 59) enabled the discovery of a painted image of a strigil suspended on a string and, possibly, an aryballos, as well as taeniae (almost unique for a male funerary monument, cf. III 263).
Apemantos, son of Agnias, was probably the brother of Straton, son of Agnias (III 265), which is supported not only by the same patronymic, but also by the findspot: both were found in adjacent courses of masonry in Tower XVII (НЭПХ II, с. 127; Perlman 2011, 390 f.). The name Ἁγνίας is an hypocorism widely attested in the Greek world (cf. also two-stem Ἁγνόκριτος in III 222). Ἀπήμαντος is another common Greek name, attested as a patronymic on the stele of Theophantos (III 263), whose upper part was found in the masonry of Tower XVII near the stele of Apemantos (Perlman 2011, 390). On possible familial relations between these individuals, see commentary to III 263.