Decree honoring Diophantos

Inscription honoring the emperor Zeno

Civic Oath of Chersonesos

Decree honoring Syriskos the historian

Base of statue for Agasikles

Proxeny decree for an ambassador from Mithridates Eupator

Decree honoring ambassadors from Herakleia

Base of statue for Aristonos

Treaty of alliance with the king Pharnakes I

List of those who won sport competitions

Inscription about the tax on prostitution

Fragment of a decree about the fortress of Napites

Inscription about construction of a city gate

Dedication to the goddess Nemesis

Inscription regarding the liberation of Kalos Limen

Decree honoring the emperor Marcus Aurelius

Decree honoring Gaius Julius Satyrus

Proxeny for a citizen of Sinope

Epitaph in verse on stele for Xanthos

Inscription on the stele set up by doctor

Epitaph in verse on stele for Oinanthe

Short epitaphs

 
Epitaph in verse on stele for Xanthos

Original publication by K. M. Kolobova

This marble stele is decorated by carved cornice and rosettes. The slab was reused because there are visible traces of an old inscription that was cut off from it.

It was discovered in 1892 in the necropolis at the southern defensive wall.

The monument dates to the first centuries A. D.


Text:

"Xanthos son of Lagoreinos, farewell!
Stranger, I (the stele) am hiding Xanthos who was
consolation to (his) father,
young beauty of fatherland,
adept in Muses secret, blameless amidst multitude of fellow citizens,
honored amidst all the youth, bright star of beauty.
In a battle for fatherland, he was ruined by envious Ares,
having left a bitter gift of tears to poor parents.
Oh, if Pluto receives more children for pleasure than you do,
Why are you, wives, tortured in having a child?"


Commentary:

Muses were divine patronesses of arts.
Ares was the god of war.
Pluto was the divine owner of countless riches of the underworld.


Translation by © N. Khrapunov.


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