V 196. Theodoro. Inscription on the wall of a cave, 1220–1221 C.E.
H. 4.0, W. 16.0.
On the wall - image of a cross with flaring arms (20x19). Chipped on the left.
Place of Origin
Tabana-Dere, monastery, upper level, northern cave, northeast wall, under the northern niche, 80cm above ground.
Around 1896, survey of A.L. Bertye-Delagard.
Institution and inventory
In situ, no inventory number.
Below the cross.
Lapidary; slightly elongated letters. Kappa with free-standing vertical.
L1. Latyshev 1897, 154.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/> <g ref="#stauros"/> <date> <expan> <abbr>Ἔτ</abbr><ex>ους</ex></expan> <num value="6729"><supplied reason="lost">ς</supplied>ψκθ</num></date>. </ab> </div>
In the year 729.
The most likely hypothesis is that this inscription is commemorative (cf. V 147), although we cannot exclude the possibility that it signifies the date when the cave had been made, in which case it should be classified as a building inscription. It fits in well with V 174 (1224-1225) from the same complex.
© 2015 Andrey Vinogradov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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