V 276. Pantikapaion. Epitaph of Theodora, IV-Vth centuries C.E.
H. 46.0, W. 30.0, Th. 13.0.
On the front - the area for the inscription was planed in preparation. Top left corner is damaged, the left side is chipped and blackened, possibly as a result of fire.
Place of Origin
Institution and inventory
Historical and Archeological Museum of Kerch State Historical and Cultural Preserve, КЛ–545.
May 1999, September 2004, September 2008.
On the front.
Lapidary; letters are carved and filled in with ochre. Alpha with broken crossbar, rectangular epsilon, theta and omicron, rho with a triangular loop.
IV-Vth centuries C.E.
L1. Shkorpil 1895, 180, № 6; 1.1. Latyshev 1896, 92, № 91; 1.1.1. Diatroptov, Yemets 1995, № 18.
3: Θεοδ(ώ)ρα Shkorpil, Latyshev, Diatroptov
Here lies Theodora.
The inscription was acquired for the collection of the Melek-Chesmen Tumulus Museum in 1894 (Minutes of Meetings, Odessa Society for History and Antiquities, 280, 27.10.1894. С. 8, № 11).
1–2. On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.F.d.
3. The name Theodora (here Thedora) is a female variant of Theodoros, very common in Early Christian inscriptions of Bosporus (see commentary to V 275). The syncope of -o-, unknown in Bosporus, has parallels in Christian epigraphy, and specifically in the names compound with Θεο- (I.Cret. IV 284b; Agnello 1953, № 50).
See also commentary to V 267.