V 101. Cherson. Inscription of Epiphanios (?), IV–Vth centuries C.E.
White fine-grained marble.
H. 15.5, W. 16.0, Th. 2.0.
Roman funerary stele decorated with pediment and cornice and fluted Doric colonnettes on each side, with inset (D. 4cm) field inbetween. There may have been a bas-relief and inscription in this architectural space. The front is smooth, and the back is crudely worked; in secondary use. Broken off on the right and bottom.
Place of Origin
Northern sector, Block IX, near the bath-house by the Northern basilica, in the masonry of the wall of XII-XIVth centuries.
1982, excavations of S.G. Ryzhov.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 179/37050.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
On the cornice.
Lapidary. Alpha with slanting crossbar, bouletée epsilon, elongated phi.
IV–Vth centuries C.E.
L1. Solomonik 1986, 217, № 8, fig. 13; 2. Vinogradov 2010, 150–151, № p.
It is not clear whether the name Epiphanios or Epiphania stood at the beginning of the inscription. An ancient relief in this case was reused as a Christian tombstone. The name Epiphanios has parallels in the Northern Black Sea region (Beševliev 1964, № 105, 113). An additional possibility is that we are dealing with the name of a feast - Epiphany.
The lettershapes are close to the script of V 5 where alphas in lines 4 and 6 are also heavily tilted to the left.