V 247. Sougdaia. Building inscription (?) of Mansi, 1261-1262 C.E.
H. 14.5, W. 17.3, Th. unknown.
On the front: image of an equilateral cross. The condition is unknown.
Place of Origin
Over a fountain.
1870s, survey of D.M. Strukov.
Institution and inventory
Below the cross.
Building (?) inscription.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/>Μανσι. <date>Ἔτος <num value="6770">ς<lb n="2" break="no"/>ψο</num></date>. <orig>ΨΝ</orig><gap reason="illegible" quantity="1" unit="character"/><orig>ΣΗ</orig>. </ab> </div>
Mansi. Year 6770 ...
Our reading is based on the single transcription made by D. M. Strukov (Manuscript Archive, Institute for History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences f. Р–I, № 619, l. 12), who saw the inscription before the dismantling of the fountain. The inscription did not survive, and Strukov's copy raises some doubts. A cause for concern is the fact that on the same piece of paper we find a transcription of another inscription from a Genoese Church of the Mother of God, which reads Gerardi. | κόμ(ητος) ςψκ´, however neither next to, nor below the first line, which is preserved on the window frame in the left side-chapel of the naos, are there any traces of continuation, and the date of the inscription (1211-1212) also contradicts the date of the church's construction (1383), as well as the time when the Genoese officials first appeared in Sougdaia.
Since a Genoese panel was used in the construction of the fountain, we should conclude that the latter was a rather late date (I thank A.V. Dzhanov for this information). Our inscription, therefore, must have also been a spolium used for the construction of the fountain.
A well-known Italian surname Mansi is not attested in the Greek world. In V 45 from Cherson, we find a similar surname Mamsi.
© 2015 Andrey Vinogradov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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