V 88a. Cherson. Epitaph of an unknown, XIIIth century C.E.
H. 15.0, W. 14.0, Th. 8.0.
Bottom part of a stele with a cross on the back side. Broken at the top.
Place of Origin
Area of the Main Street.
November 1969, chance find by V. Orekhov
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, НВФ 133.
Inscribed on the front.
Lapidary style. Lambda with free-stading left hasta and capping horizontal stroke pointing left, flattened mu.
XIIIth century C.E.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb/><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="line"/> <lb n="1"/><rs type="month" ref="mai"><supplied reason="lost">Μ</supplied>έου</rs> <lb n="2"/><supplied reason="lost">εἰς</supplied> <expan><abbr>τ</abbr><ex>ὰ</ex></expan> <num value="30">λ</num>. </ab> </div>
... May 30th.
The end of an epitaph with a date has survived. The form Mέου is paralleled in IGLS 1912.
Palaeographic features (e.g., the shape of lambda) suggest a Late Byzantine date, but considering the history of Cherson, we should probably date the inscription no later than the XIIIth century.