III 354. Chersonesos.Epitaph of Alexander, II century C.E.

Monument

Type

Panel. 

Material

Marble. 

Dimensions (cm)

H.33.5, W.50.0, Th.9.0.

Additional description

Lower part of a panel. Relief in a rectangular inset field. Three-line inscription below the relief. 

Place of Origin

Chersonesos. 

Find place

Sevastopol (Chersonesos). 

Find context

Southeast sector of Chersonesos, necropolis by the Quarantine Bay (on the site excavated by R.Ch. Loeper). 

Find circumstances

Random find in 1955. 

Modern location

Sevastopol. 

Institution and inventory

National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 36365. 

Epigraphic field

Position

On the front. 

Lettering

Even, deeply cut letters. Alpha with broken crossbar, epsilon with detached middle bar, eta with detached crossbar, ksi without a vertical, pi with even verticals and extended horizontal; pronounced serifs. 

Letterheights (cm)

2.5

Text

Category

Epitaph. 

Date

II century C.E. 

Dating criteria

Palaeography. 

Editions

Solomonik1958, 314, № 4; НЭПХ I (Solomonik 1964) 53 (cf. Bull.ép. 1964, 314). 

Edition

Ἀλέξανδρος Χρηστ̣ί̣ωνος
τοῦ Ἀπολλωνίου ἐτῶν κε΄
χαῖρε

Diplomatic

ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣΧΡΗΣ..ΩΝΟΣ
ΤΟΥΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΙΟΥΕΤΩΝΚΕ΄
ΧΑΙΡΕ

EpiDoc (XML)

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      <lb n="3"/>χαῖρε
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Commentaries

Античная скульптура Херсонеса1976, № 317. 

 
Apparatus criticus

2: ἐτῶν выделено черточками-разделителями.

Translation

Alexander, (son of) Chrestion, (son of) Apollonios, 25 years old, greeting.

 

Commentary

The palaeography of this inscription and the epitaph of Theagenes, son of Chrestion, and his wife Ulpia Makaria are similar. This makes it possible to speculate that Alexander, son of Chrestion, and Theagenes, son of Chrestion, might have been brothers.

The date is II century C.E. (most likely not earlier than mid-century).

 

Images

(cc)© 2017 Igor Makarov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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