V 55. Cherson. Invocation of an unknown, XII–XIIIth centuries C.E.
Architectural detail (a window jamb?).
H. 34.0, W. 11.5, Th. 35.5.
A cut-out (W 2, D 2) on the left hand side. Broken into two parts; broken off on the right and bottom.
Place of Origin
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 105/36504.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
Lapidary. Minuscule letters. Ligature: mu-eta.
XII–XIIIth centuries C.E.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><g ref="#stauros"/> <roleName><expan><abbr>Κ</abbr><ex>ύρι</ex><abbr>ε</abbr></expan></roleName>, <lb n="2"/>ἵμαρτ<unclear>ο</unclear><supplied reason="lost">ν</supplied>, <lb n="3"/>τὰ δὲ κ <lb n="4" break="no"/>ακ<choice><corr>ὰ</corr><sic>υ</sic></choice> μὴ <unclear>π</unclear><supplied reason="lost">α</supplied> <lb n="5" break="no"/>ροργυ<supplied reason="lost">ῇ</supplied> <lb n="6"/>σε. </ab> </div>
Lord, I have sinned, but may these misdeeds not draw your anger.
This graffito apparently represents a confessional appeal to God for mercy (cf. V 62, inscription 14). The formula might have a distant parallel in IСUR III, 1467, and might have its origin in Psalm 40 verse 5.
© 2015 Andrey Vinogradov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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