V 70. Cherson. Epitaph of Cosmas, X–XIIIth centuries C.E.
H. 16.5, W. 27.0, Th. 9.0.
The panel is missing its top and bottom. The front is planed.
Place of Origin
Residential Block II, enclosure 2, layer 2.
1978, excavations of A.I. Romanchuk.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 104/36961.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
On the front.
Lapidary; uneven, angular letters. Looped alpha.
X–XIIIth centuries C.E.
L1. Levinskaya 2000, 219, fig. 14.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/>Ἐκυμήθη <supplied reason="lost">ὁ</supplied> <expan><abbr><unclear>δ</unclear><supplied reason="lost">οῦ</supplied>λ</abbr><ex>ος</ex></expan> <lb n="2"/><expan><abbr>τ</abbr><ex>ο</ex><abbr>ῦ</abbr></expan> <roleName><expan><abbr>Θ</abbr><ex>ε</ex><abbr>οῦ</abbr></expan></roleName> Κοσμᾶ. </ab> </div>
1: ὁ [δοῦ]λ(ος) Levinskaya
A servant of God, Cosmas, fell asleep.
1-2. On the formula, see IV.3.F.e.
Both the formula and the shape of alpha with a loop point to a date after IXth century, but the generally crude character of the scrip does not allow us to affirm that.
It was Romanchuk's opinion (see Solomonik 1986) that the tombstone of Kosmas had been moved from the residential Block II to the neighbouring Block I already in antiquity, since there was a cemetery there, near Church E (XII–XIVth century), taken over, in the middle of the XIIIth century, by a private estate.