V 123. Kermenchik. Epitaph of Athanas, 1399–1400 C.E.
H. 136.5, W. 46.0, Th. 16.5.
Stele with rounded top, crossweave design along the edges, ornamental cross in a circle, ornamental band across and a rectangular inset panel (37х13 cm) below. Broken on the top; the surface is chipped.
Place of Origin
Yukhary-Kermenchik, house, fireplace.
Before 1915-1916, survey of G.L. Chukurov.
Institution and inventory
Within the inset area.
L1. Latyshev 1918, 39, № 8.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><g ref="#stauros"/> <expan><abbr>Ἐκημύθ</abbr><ex>η</ex></expan> ὡ δωῦλος τοῦ <roleName><expan><abbr>θ</abbr><ex>εο</ex><abbr>ῦ</abbr></expan></roleName> <lb n="2"/>τ<supplied reason="lost">ε</supplied> <supplied reason="lost"><expan><ex cert="low">καὶ</ex></expan></supplied> <supplied reason="lost">πα</supplied>πᾶς <expan><abbr>Ἀθανὰ</abbr><ex>ς</ex></expan> <orig>ΤΩ<unclear>Θ</unclear>Ι</orig> <lb n="3"/><app type="alternative"><lem>ἀπέ<choice><sic>τ</sic><corr>θ</corr></choice>εντω</lem></app> <space quantity="3" unit="character"/> <date>ἐπὴ <lb n="4"/>ἔτους<num value="6908"> ςϠη</num></date> . </ab> </div>
2: π[α]πᾶς Ἀθανα[σιος Latyshev
3: ἀπέ[αν]εν (?) Latyshev; ΕΠΗ Latyshev
Fell asleep: a servant of God and priest Athanas... They laid him to rest in the year 6908.
Because plates for Latyshev's article had not been published, and the stone disappeared, our reconstruction of this inscription remains rather tentative.
1. On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.F.e.
2. According to Latyshev, in a lacuna, after tau at the start of line 2, there was space for 2 or 3 letters, which could be interpreted as a patronymic or nickname of the deceased. The name Athanasios is known in Crimea in V 259.
3. The formula "they laid him" is unique in Christian epigraphy: the closest parallel is ἀπέθετ̣ο̣ ὑπὲρ μνήμ(η)ς αὐτο̣[ῦ] in SEG 37.1428 (Apamea, 534 C.E.). The formula "he was laid" is attested: TAM III 623 (Termessos in Pisidia).
3-4. The dating formula ἐπὶ ἔτους is characteristic of inscriptions from Kermenchik (for more detail, see Introduction III.1.C.b).