V 12. Cherson. Building inscription of Isaac I Komnenos (?), 1059 C.E.
White fine-grained marble.
H. 19.5, W. 22.0, Th. 4.0.
The back is unworked. Broken off on all sides.
Place of Origin
City walls, a sector between the breach and the Tower XVII ("Zeno's Tower"), on the external face.
1900, excavations of K.K. Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 35042.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
On the front.
Lapidary. Elongated letters; alpha with slanting crossbar; beta with vertically spaced loops.
L1. Latyshev 1902, 68, № 13; 2. Vinogradov 2011, 219–220, № 2.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><supplied reason="lost"><g ref="#stauros"/></supplied> Ἀνεν<supplied reason="lost" cert="low">εώθη</supplied> <supplied reason="lost" cert="low">τὸ τεῖχος</supplied> <lb n="2"/><unclear>ἐ</unclear>πὴ β<unclear>α</unclear><supplied reason="lost" cert="low">σιλέως</supplied> <supplied reason="lost" cert="low">Ἰσακίου</supplied>. </ab> </div>
[·· ? ··]ΑΝΕΝ[·· ? ··]ΠΗΒ[·· ? ··] Latyshev
Renovated: [a wall (?)], in the reign of Ba[sileus Isaac (?)]
Found in the same area as the inscription of Isaac I (V 11), this fragment is close to the latter in script (see, for example, the shape of beta). This might be an inscription about the renovation of walls during the reign of the same emperor. There is a slight difference in formulae, however: "in the reign of Isaac.., the Great Basileus and Autokrator" versus "in the reign of Basileus Isaac." Judging by the size of vacat at the bottom, the second line must have been the last, and therefore the restoration "in the reign of Isaac + titles" is unlikely.