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Grave of Mastous II Prepared by a Synod (100-150 CE) Pantikapaion - Bosporan region


Pantikapaion (Bosporan region, Asia Minor — Pleiades map)
IBosp 81 = IPontEux II 61 = GGSR 455 = PHI 182797  = ID# 7568

 100-150 CE

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Slab of limestone broken in two with a relief of a warrior found north of Mount Mithridates with IBosp 80 in 1875 (217 x 60 x 18-19 cm). The Mastous in this inscription is the son of the Mastous in IBosp 80. Found at Kerch in 1875, now in Kerch Historical and Archaeological Museum (inv. КЛ-323) but the bottom part is lost. See photo and drawing further below.

The synod (synodos) gathered around Kalous the priest, Chryses the synagogue-leader (synagōgos), Tryphon the goodness-loving official (philagathos), Basileides the assistant goodness-loving official (paraphilagathos), and Pateis the official in charge of affairs (pragmatas) set this up in memory of Mastous II.

Translation by: Harland



ἡ σύνοδος ἡ πε|ρὶ ἱερέαν Καλοῦν | καὶ συναγωγὸν | Χρύσην καὶ φιλάγα||θον Τρύφωνα καὶ πα|ραφιλάγαθον Βασιλε|ίδην καὶ πραγματᾶν Πά|τειν Μαστοῦ{ν} βʹ μνή|μης χάριν.

IBosp 81: Photo from GGSR 455, plate XXXIII.
Public domain.

IBosp 81: Sketch by Ludolf Stephani, “Erklärung einiger im Jahre 1875 im südlichen Russland gefundener Kunstwerke,” Compte rendu de la Commission Impériale Archéologique (1879) [1876] 214.

Item added: December 11, 2012
Item modified: November 10, 2015
ID number: 7568
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