V 93. Cherson. Demonstrative inscription, Xth century C.E.
White fine-grained marble.
H. 5.0, Diam. 20.0-25.0.
Circular lid of a vessel. On the top side is a relief cross (H. 0.4cm) in the centre, and relief border along the edge (0.75cm). On the underside there is a concavity with a border. Broken along radial lines, leaving a segment of approximately 90 degrees.
Place of Origin
North, Block XXV, near the apse of a chapel, outside, layer 2.
1932, excavations of G.D. Belov.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 25/35546.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
Epigraphic field 1
In corners between the arms of the cross.
Lapidary, bouletée. Alpha with a loop, delta with projecting right hasta. Ligature nu-eta.
Xth century C.E.
<div type="textpart" subtype="inscription" n="1"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><supplied reason="lost"><expan><abbr>Ἰ</abbr><ex>ησοῦ</ex><abbr>ς</abbr></expan> <expan><abbr>Χ</abbr><ex>ριστὸ</ex><abbr>ς</abbr></expan></supplied> <lb n="2"/>νη<supplied reason="lost">κᾷ</supplied>. </ab> </div>
Jesus Christ is victorious.
On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.C.e.
Epigraphic field 2
Along the edge.
Liturgical (?) inscription.
Xth century C.E.
<div type="textpart" subtype="inscription" n="2"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> <supplied reason="lost">τ</supplied><unclear>ῆ</unclear>ς <expan><abbr>δόξ</abbr><ex>ης</ex></expan> κ<unclear>α</unclear><supplied reason="lost">ὶ</supplied> <gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> </ab> </div>
... of glory and...
Apparently, Text 2 contained some liturgical formula. In order to fit it onto the surface, the cutter was forced to abbreviated the last two letters of the word δόξης. The object is most likely a lid of a liturgical vessel.
Palaeographic features of the text are close to those of V 89 and can be dated to the Xth century. Since the chapel in whose vicinity the monument was found is dated to a later period (Belov 1941, 243, fig. 68), it is possible that this lid originates from the adjacent "Basilica of 1932."