V 233. Alouston. Dedication of Georgios, 1403–1404 C.E.
Compact pink sandstone.
H. 38.0, W. 34.0, Th. 15.0.
The front and sides are smooth, the latter bear traces of mortar. Broken in three parts; top right quarter is missing, as well as a significant portion of the back.
Place of Origin
Citadel, ruins of a church, fire destruction layer dating to the XVth century.
1987, excavations of V.L. Myts.
Institution and inventory
Alushta Branch of the Central Museum of Tavrida, no inventory number.
On the front.
Lapidary; letters rest on incised guiding lines. Alpha with slanting crossbar and a right diagonal that ends with a left and down pointing hook at the top, beta with rectangular vertically spaced loops, delta with extended horizontal raised to mid-letterheight; abbreviation.
L1. Solomonik 1991, 172–174.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/>Δέη<supplied reason="lost">σις</supplied> τοῦ <lb n="2"/>δού<supplied reason="lost">λου</supplied> τοῦ <roleName><expan><abbr>θ</abbr><ex>εο</ex><abbr>ῦ</abbr></expan></roleName> <lb n="3"/>Γ<choice><corr>ε</corr><sic>σ</sic></choice><unclear>ω</unclear><supplied reason="lost">ργίου</supplied> <lb n="4"/><expan><abbr>υἱ</abbr><ex>οῦ</ex></expan> <seg part="I">Ἀλ<unclear>μ</unclear><unclear>α</unclear></seg><gap reason="lost" quantity="1" unit="character"/><supplied reason="lost">.</supplied> <date><expan><abbr><supplied reason="lost">Ἔ</supplied><lb n="5" break="no"/>τ</abbr><ex>ους</ex></expan> <num value="6912">ςϠιβ</num></date>. </ab> </div>
2: δού[λου θ(εο)ῦ Solomonik
4: Ἀμ[ήν Solomonik
Supplication of the servant of God, Georgios, son of Alma[.]. In the year 6912.
Judging by the traces of mortar, the panel used to be built into a wall and was a ktitor's dedication (cf. V 149); The layer where the stone was found suggests that the church had burned down.
1–2. On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.B.a.
3. On the name Georgios, see commentary to V 64.
4. Such an abbreviation of the word υἱός is not otherwise attested in the Northern Black Sea region, but occurs in Christian epigraphy, and in particular in manuscripts, from where it must have come to our inscription: so we can judge by the ligature.