V 49. Cherson. Invocation of Trophimos, Vth century C.E.
H. 13.0, W. 113.0, Th. 58.0.
Chipped on the front.
Place of Origin
Sevastopol (Chersonesos). (?)
Chersonesos, citadel, spoil heap from the excavations of I.A. Antonova.
1980s, chance find by S.G. Ryzhov.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 56/36504.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
On the front.
Lapidary. Rectangular epsilon and theta. Ligature: omicron-upsilon.
Vth century C.E.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><roleName>Κύριε</roleName>, βοήθη <unclear>τοῦ</unclear> <unclear>δούλου</unclear> <unclear>σου</unclear> Τροφίμ<unclear>ου</unclear>. </ab> </div>
O Lord, help your servant Trophimos.
On the formula, see IV.3.E.a. The name Trophimos is not known in Cherson, but was widely used in Early Byzantine Bosporos (see V 284, V 285, V 289, V 301, V 331). This might also explain the presence of a rectangular theta, not common in Cherson, but attested in Bosporos (cf. V 278, V 281).
Judging by the fact that the inscription is made on an architectural member, the author might have been a ktitor. The building from which the stone originates is not known, but it was most likely a church.
© 2015 Andrey Vinogradov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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