V 81. Cherson. Epitaph of Agathemeros, IV–Vth centuries C.E.
H. 17.0, W. 24.0, Th. 12.0.
Cross with flaring arms. The front is planed. Broken on all sides, except the left.
Place of Origin
1890, excavations of K.K. Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 86/36504.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
At the intersection.
Lapidary. Alpha with slanting crossbar, mu in the shape of two intersecting lambdas. Ligature: omicron - diamond rho.
IV–Vth centuries C.E.
L1. Latyshev 1892a, 37, № 30; 2; 2. Latyshev 1893, 80; 2.1. Latyshev 1896, 32, № 25; 3. Vinogradov 2010, 138–139, № j.
1-2: Ἀγαθία[ς Θεοδώ]ρου(?) Latyshev 1892
The shape of the monument resembles that of V 76.
1-2. Agathemeros is a Christian name: we know of St. martyr Agathemeros from Mysia (Bibliotheca sanctorum, I, 338). In Christian epigraphy, this name is attested only in Phoenicia (Rey-Cocais 1977, № 27, SEG 8.240), but it is not necessary to suspect a borrowing of name in our case, since it is also attested in ancient Bosporus (CIRB 1283; 228 C.E.).
The archaeological context of this find is unknown: Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich 1893 does not mention it.
On tombstones in the shape of a cross, see commentary to V 61.