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Два критических отклика на публикацию готских граффити с Мангупа

Средние века. 2018. Т. 79. № 1. С. 176-188.
Виноградов А. Ю., Коробов М. И.

The paper offers a detailed response to the criticism over our publication (2015) of the recently found Gothic graffiti from Crimea. We address and clarify technical nuances pertaining to the first discovery of the stones bearing the graffiti, their storage and rediscovery, and the circumstances of their original appearance according to our reconstruction - all those being questioned by D. A. Shalyga (2016, 2017), as well as her puzzlement at the absence of local dialect traits in their language, which we explain as a vestige of the fact that the literary idiom of the Crimean Goths was the language of Wulfila’s Bible translation. Responding to the article by M. A. Kurysheva and B. L. Fonkich (2017) that concentrates on the dating of Greek inscriptions on the same stones (and on which our date for the Gothic graffiti is dependent) we challenge the authors’ principal claim that the uncial beta with the elongated lower stroke and the minuscule in Greek inscriptions of the North Black Sea region may predate the 9th century.