V 41. Cherson (?). Demonstrative inscription, IX–Xth centuries C.E.
H. 38.0, W. 20.0, Th. 3.5.
Polished front with crudely incised cross fourchée. Lightly chipped along the edges.
Place of Origin
Sevastopol (Chersonesos). (?)
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 3496.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
Above the top arm, and on either side of the bottom arm of the cross.
Lapidary. Alpha with broken crossbar.
IX–Xth centuries C.E.
Form of the cross.
L1. Latyshev 1896, 30, № 22.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><expan><ex>Μον</ex><abbr>αχ</abbr><ex cert="low">ός</ex></expan>. <lb n="2"/><expan><abbr>Ἠ</abbr><ex>ησοῦ</ex><abbr>ς</abbr></expan> <lb n="3"/>νικᾷ <lb n="4"/><expan><abbr>Χ</abbr><ex>ριστό</ex><abbr>ς</abbr></expan>. </ab> </div>
Monk (?). Jesus Christ is victorious.
The function of this monument is unclear. The shape of the cross is similar to that on V 46, although the form of alpha (with broken crossbar) points to a somewhat earlier period (it was in use up to the early Xth century, see V 66).
1. On the formula, see Avi-Yonah 1941, 53.
2-4. On the formula, see IV.3.C.e.