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 Oinanthe

Originally published by Latyshev

Marble gravestone. Two female figures are shown standing in the niche, their faces are chopped off, and between them is a basket for needlework. The monument was found in 1890 near Kazach'ya bay.

Dates 2nd century A. D.


"Oinanthe daughter of Glaukios.

The Muses would better glorify your beauties, the ill-starred young wife Oinanthe, having your children placed at your knees, and (sing) the beauty law of the goddess Ilithia who helps in having a child, the joyful gifts for your mother, father, and husband. But now you are sleeping on cold sands near waves of murmuring Kokytos, and incessant sound of beloved voice, with which your mother, like a bird, is mourning for you, can not wake you; you hear nothing, like a stone, but black deep streams of the Ocean are flowing around you, and the souls of the dead coming under the earth are making terrible noise; you can not understand cry of your parents nor of your husband, as you drank - alas! - from Lethe's water. What a cruel law of the blissful! Aren't the young women who die early neither the bad nor originated from petty parents but those who have the most outstanding beauty or noblest origins? So not without reason said Pythoness to men a good proverb that every gold (that is beautiful) descendent was the first to come down to Hades".


This epitaph in verse mentions rivers Kokytos and Lethe in the underworld kingdom of Hades, as well as the Ocean.

Pythoness was priestess and prophetess at Apollo temple at Delphi.

Translation by © N. Khrapunov.

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