III 410. Chersonesos. Epitaph of Pasion, III century B.C.Е.
H. 36.0, W. 30.0, Th. 17.5.
Upper part of a stele split in two pieces.
Place of Origin
Southeast sector of Chersonesos, archaeological investigation of Curtain wall 19, level of the 3rd construction period.
Found in 2008. Excavations of V.G. Samoylenko.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 73/37545.
On the front.
Slightly curved letterstrokes, omicron smaller than other letters (1,2cm); slight flaring of the ends of hastae.
III century B.C.Е.
Makarov, Samoylenko 2013b 69, № 4.
Pasion, (son of) Diotimos, citizen of Heraklea.
The earliest mention of the citizens of the Chersonesian metropolis, Herakleia Pontica, in the epigraphy of Chersonesos. Other mentions date to the Roman period (cf. Avram PPE 1865ff.), among which, there are two funerary monuments: of Herakleion, (son of) Menophon (III 418), and of Pontikos, (son of) Nemerios (III 419).
Such common personal Greek names as Πασίων and Διότιμος had not been previously attested in Heraleian prosopography (LGPN VA). At the same time, the name Πασίων is attested multiple time in Chersonesos in the III-II centuries B.C.E. (LGPN IV), while Diotimos, is mentioned in the 2nd half of the II century B.C.E. on two types of silver coins of Chersonesos (Anochin 1977, 146, № 181, 183).