V 321. Bosporus. Epitaph of L–ion–, VIII-IXth centuries C.E.
H. 288.0, Diam. 45.5.
The surface is badly weathered, the text can no longer be read from the stone.
Place of Origin
Church of St. John the Baptist, south-western column, eastern side.
1836, survey of N.N. Murzakevich.
Institution and inventory
In situ, no inventory number.
On the front.
Lapidary, lambda with projecting right hasta. Ligature: mu-eta, tau-omicron-upsilon.
VIII-IXth centuries C.E.
L1. Latyshev 1896, 95, № 94.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/>Ἔν<supplied reason="lost">θα</supplied> ἐκοιμήθη ὁ <lb n="2"/><supplied reason="lost">δοῦ</supplied>λος τοῦ <roleName><expan><abbr>θ</abbr><ex>εο</ex><abbr>ῦ</abbr></expan></roleName> <lb n="3"/>Λ<gap reason="lost" quantity="2" unit="character"/>ιον<gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/>. </ab> </div>
1: Ἐν[θάδε] Latyshev
3: Λ…ιον... Latyshev
Here fell asleep a servant of God L..ion.
In Murzakevich's publication (1844, 626) the description of this inscription is accompanied by the text of V 335, which is a mistake. The photo published here is at the Photo Archive, Institute for History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences (III–12720).
1. Latyshev restored Ἐν[θάδε], but judging by the reconstruction of line 2, there is not enough space for such a long word.
1–2. On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.F.e.
3. The only possible restoration of the name seems to be Λυκίων, but no such Christian name is attested.
For the architectural context, see commentary to V 316.