V 195. Theodoro. Liturgical inscription, X–XIIIth century C.E.
H. 6.0, W. 12.5, Th. 2.5.
The front is planed and polished. Broken on the left and right.
Place of Origin
Basilica, south-western sector, layer 1.
1993, excavations of N.I. Barmina.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 11/37269.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
Along the upper edge.
Lapidary; letters slightly lean to the right. Alpha with a loop, pi - short and wide, omega with slightly pointed loops.
Liturgical (?) inscription.
X–XIIIth century C.E.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/> <w part="F"><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/><gap reason="illegible" quantity="1" unit="character"/>α<gap reason="illegible" quantity="1" unit="character"/>εν</w> <g ref="#dipunct"/> ἐνώπη<supplied reason="lost">ον</supplied> <gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> </ab> </div>
Judging by the word ἐνώπιον, not associated with a specific formula, we must be dealing with a liturgical inscription. This is corroborated by the findspot being a basilica. The presence of only a single line (the top is preserved and under the text is vacat) suggests that it was a discrete phrase rather than a lengthy text. It might even be an image-related inscription (cf. V 56, V 57, V 58). The ending of the first word -αεν is unknown in such formulae, and suggests that there was a superscript siglum above alpha.
The script does not contain characteristic letters that could help us to date it more precisely, but it is clear that this rather "classical"-looking script is alien to the Theodorite palaeography of the XIV-XVth centuries.