V 109. Herakleian peninsula (Alexandriada ?). Apotropaic inscription, XIIth century C.E.
H. 31.0, W. 27.0, Th. 6.0.
On the front: relief woven patriarchal foliate cross, with traces of ochre. Slightly chipped.
Place of Origin
Herakleian peninsula (Alexandriada ?).
1925, survey of I.N. Borozdin and A.S. Bashkirov.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 25г/4288.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
Lapidary. Delta with projecting right diagonal, minuscule zeta and lambda, phi with elongated vertical.
XIIth century C.E.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/>Φεῦγε, ζῆλε. <lb n="2"/><expan><abbr>Χ</abbr><ex>ριστό</ex><abbr>ς</abbr></expan> σ<choice><corr>ε</corr><sic>Σ</sic></choice> διόκη. </ab> </div>
Flee, Envy, Christ chases you away.
On the formula, see IV.3.D.a.
2. The use of sigma instead of epsilon finds a reverse analogy in two Early Byzantine inscriptions from (V 18, V 19).
The same shape of the cross is found on a panel from Chersonesos (now in the State Hermitage). The script resembles that of V 68 (1183 C.E.). Considering the uniqueness of the formula, we could safely propose that V 42 and V 109 were carved at the same time.
In the report of Borozdin (Borozdin 1925), this stone is not mentioned. Taking into consideration the area of survey, we can speculate that the stone was found in the vicinity of Alexandriada.
© 2015 Andrey Vinogradov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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