V 267. Pantikapaion. Epitaph of Agorastos, IVth century C.E.
Cоmpact fine-grained limestone.
H. 56.0, W. 33.0, Th. 7.0-15.0.
A hole on the side is probably for a dowel; on the front - two Latin crosses with flaring arms, at the beginning and end of the inscription; in secondary use. Top left corner is missing, the surface is chipped.
Place of Origin
Glinishche, garden of K. Woerle.
4 May 1897, chance find.
Institution and inventory
Historical and Archeological Museum of Kerch State Historical and Cultural Preserve, КЛ–1143.
May 1999, September 2004, September 2008.
In the upper part.
Lapidary. Alpha with slanting crossbar, delta and lambda with projecting right hasta, rectangular epsilon and sigma, kappa with extended vertical, small diamond-shaped omicron.
IVth century C.E.
Palaeography, archaeological context.
L1. Shkorpil 1898a, 209–210, № 19; 1.1. Diatroptov, Yemets 1995, № 5.
Here lies Agorastos, son of Louos.
1–2. On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.F.d.
3. Among Christian names, only a female name Agorasta is attested in Feissel 1983, № 13 (V–VIth century). The male name Agorastos (and also Agorasta) are known in antiquity only from Termessos in Pisidia (34 times in ТАМ III); outside of Termessos, Agorasta is attested once - in Lycia (TAM II 990). We can hypothesize that the Bosporan Agorastos, as well as Lycian and Macedonian Agorastas all originated in Termessos.
4. The name Louos is not otherwise attested, although its etymology is quite obvious. Patronymics are not common in early Christian inscriptions of Bosporus, only four examples are known (see Introduction III.1.E.a).
Shkorpil's opinion was that the script was similar to V 276, V 280, V 281. Indeed, in terms of palaeography (and also, in part, archaeologically) they form a certain unity. Taking into consideration the presence of a Jewish tombstone in the same cemetery, we may suggest that they all date to the IVth century (see Introduction III.1.E.a for more detail).