Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Tyras and Vicinity
This book is the first volume of a new corpus of Greek and Latin inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea region, which is planned to include all known inscriptions (both on stone and other supports) found in the area. The corpus of lapidary inscriptions of this region was published only once, over hundred years ago, by Vasilii Latyshev. Since then, the number of known inscriptions has increased significantly. The new corpus will close an enormous gap in the availability of authoritative texts of primary sources for the study of Greeks and local peoples of North Pontic region.
This volume includes Greek and Latin lapidary inscriptions from the region between the mouth of the Danube and the mouth of the Dniester, where the Greek cities of Tyras and Nikonion were located. Inscriptions were also found at the Roman fortifications on the northern bank of the Danube. The corpus includes 121 inscriptions (Latyshev’s corpus counts 19 for this region), many of which are published for the first time. The publication of all inscriptions, with the exception of lost ones, is based on the originals studied by the author in the museums where they are kept.
The lemmata include, in addition to a detailed description of the inscriptions and their supports (including full measurements of the originals), a complete bibliography, an indication of the conditions of finds and modern location, and a detailed historical and philological commentary. The descriptions use the PETRAE format. The texts of the inscriptions are accompanied by a critical apparatus and translations. The corpus is fully illustrated − each lemma is accompanied by a photograph or, if neither the stone nor its photographs have survived, by the best reproductions that can be found (e.g. drawings, manuscript copies, etc.).