III 265. Chersonesos. Epitaph of Straton, late IV - early III century B.C.Е.
H. 130.0, W. 41.5, Th. 18.0.
Upper part of a stele adorned with a profiled cornice. Consists of two fragments. Traces of plaster. Two-line inscription below the cornice. The lines are aligned on the left, letters are 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.
Four-bar sigma with splayed bars, omega small than other letters, slight flaring of the ends of hastae.
Late IV - early III century B.C.Е.
Solomonik 1969, 58, № 2; НЭПХ II (Solomonik 1973) 136; Perlman 2011, 441, No. 50.
Posamentir 2011, 58, No. 50; Perlman 2011, 390 f.
Straton, (son of) Agnias.
Originally, the lines were aligned along the left margin and letters traced in red paint. Subsequently the surface was plastered and the patronymic was carved again in order to center the lines. After that the letters were traced in black paint. Due to this recutting, when the plaster had fallen off in line 1, traces of both red and black paint became visible, and in line 2 - the earlier carving of the word Ἁγνία.
Straton, (son of) Agnias, was apparently the brother of Apemantos, (son of) Agnias (III 264), which is supported not only by the sameness of the patronymic, but all by the similaroty between the stelae and their place of find, in adjacent courses of masonry of Tower XVII. (НЭПХ II, с. 127; Perlman 2011, 390 f.). Στράτων is a common Greek hypocorism. See also commentary to III 263.