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An Ostracon From the Taganrog Settlement (Epigraphic Commentary)

An Ostracon From the Taganrog Settlement (Epigraphic Commentary) AN OSTRACON FROM THE TAGANROG SETTLEMENT (EPIGRAPHIC COMMENTARY) YU.G. VINOGRADOV During collections of materials in the Taganrog settlement in 1989 an amphora ostracon was found which had been worn smooth by the sea. It was acquired by the private collector A.L. Gleizer and later passed on to the Taganrog Museum (KL-89, No. 49). To judge from the Greek inscription on it (analysed below) approximately half of the sherd - the left side - has been lost: it would probably have been more or less oval in shape originally. The maximum dimensions of the sherd are 5.5 x 4.3 cms and the height of the letters varies between 0.5 and 1.0 cms (fig. 1). The graffito has been scratched quite deep and neatly in the boustrophedon arrangement. The first line can be distinguished from the others not only because the letters are larger and more widely spaced, but also because of the way it has been written. The first two lines are written in the so-called pseudo- boustrophedon manner, when the tops of the letters point upwards, while the last line curves round smoothly from the middle one into a line of true boustrophedon ( `Schlangenschrift' ), when the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia Brill

An Ostracon From the Taganrog Settlement (Epigraphic Commentary)

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Brill
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© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0929-077X
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1570-0577
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10.1163/157005700X00032
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Abstract

AN OSTRACON FROM THE TAGANROG SETTLEMENT (EPIGRAPHIC COMMENTARY) YU.G. VINOGRADOV During collections of materials in the Taganrog settlement in 1989 an amphora ostracon was found which had been worn smooth by the sea. It was acquired by the private collector A.L. Gleizer and later passed on to the Taganrog Museum (KL-89, No. 49). To judge from the Greek inscription on it (analysed below) approximately half of the sherd - the left side - has been lost: it would probably have been more or less oval in shape originally. The maximum dimensions of the sherd are 5.5 x 4.3 cms and the height of the letters varies between 0.5 and 1.0 cms (fig. 1). The graffito has been scratched quite deep and neatly in the boustrophedon arrangement. The first line can be distinguished from the others not only because the letters are larger and more widely spaced, but also because of the way it has been written. The first two lines are written in the so-called pseudo- boustrophedon manner, when the tops of the letters point upwards, while the last line curves round smoothly from the middle one into a line of true boustrophedon ( `Schlangenschrift' ), when the

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Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to SiberiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2000

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