V 303. Pantikapaion. Epitaph Of Photis, IV-Vth century C.E.
The top is diamond-shaped; on the front - three small crosses. Fully preserved.
Place of Origin
Institution and inventory
Between the crosses.
Lapidary. Triangular sigma, elongated phi, rectangular omega.
IV-Vth century C.E.
Type of gravestone.
L1. Marti 1913, 72, № 170; 1.1. Diatroptov, Yemets 1995, № 40.
The inscription was published without a photograph, which is preserved at the Photo Archive of the Institute for History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences (О.90.3).
The name Photis, unknown in the Northern Black Sea region, is, at first glance, a typical Christian nickname ("bright," "full of light"): indeed, it is associated with a martyress (see Delehaye 1902, 549). It is not attested in Christian epigraphy, however, while in classical antiquity it is attested 4 times, of which three are in Asia Minor: MAMA VI 314; VIII 354; I.Eph. 2490 (and once in Egypt, as a cognomen BGU 240). It is possible that Photis of our inscription also came from Asia Minor.