V 126. Kermenchik. Epitaph of Basileios, 1448 C.E.
Casket-shaped monument with saddleback lid, with ornament on the left side of the lid, a depression on the front, and a projecting ledge at the bottom. Letters are effaced.
Place of Origin
East of Yukhary-Kermenchik, Sarcha-kilse Tract, Balaban-karagach-kilse, Church of Forty Martyrs, cemetery.
1915-1916, survey of M.I. Skubetov.
Institution and inventory
In the depression and on the ledge.
L1. Latyshev 1918, 41–42, № 10.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/>Ἐκυμίθι ὁ μα<lb n="2" break="no"/>καριότατος <lb n="3"/>δοῦλος τοῦ <roleName><expan><abbr>θ</abbr><ex>εο</ex><abbr>ῦ</abbr></expan></roleName> Βασίλις <lb n="4"/><orig>Α</orig> <date><expan><abbr>μι</abbr><ex>νὶ</ex></expan> <rs type="month" ref="aug"><supplied reason="omitted">Αὐ</supplied>γου<supplied reason="lost">στοῦ</supplied></rs> <num><gap reason="lost" quantity="2" unit="character"/>,</num> <supplied reason="lost" cert="low">ἐπὶ</supplied> <lb n="5"/>ἔτους <num value="6956">ςϠνς</num></date>. </ab> </div>
4: ΑΜΙΛΟΓΟΥ ...... Latyshev
Fell asleep: the most blessed servant of God, Basileios, ... of August, in the year 6956.
Because the plates for Latyshev's article were never published, and the stone disappeared, our reconstruction of this inscription remains rather hypothetical.
1-3. On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.F.e. The epithet "most blessed" with reference to secular individuals is attested in Byzantine epigraphy about 10 times (according to PHI7 Database) and in such cases designates a deceased or long-deceased person.
3. The name Basileios (here spelled Basilis) is also known in Crimea from V 44.
4-5. In most inscriptions from Kermenchik we find a dating formula by the day of the month - it would be logical to restore it here, while correcting similar-looking letters (alpha instead of lambda and epsilon instead of omicron, as in Latyshev's edition), however, an earlier inscription from Kermenchik - V 123 - displays the dating formula ἐπὶ ἔτους (for more detail, see Introduction III.1.C.b), for which reason we are also cautiously restoring it here.