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The article is a publication of the tombstone of Nikeas, the son of Nikanor, found at the necropolis of Kepoy and arrived to the State Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve “Phanagoria”. The tombstone is made of shell rock, apparently brought from the Crimea. It is a narrow and high stele-slab. The character of writing the letters of the epitaph allow us to date it to the 4th century BC. This date does not contradict the type of stele. The name of the buried one, Nikeas, occurs in the Northern Black Sea Coast only in Chersoneses (on a vase and amphorae stamps), mainly in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. The name of his father, Nikanor, is known in the Bosporus during Roman times (CBI 1030, the 2nd century AD). It was very popular almost throughout the Mediterranean.


Classical archaeology, Bosporus, Kepoi, necropolis, tombstone, the 4th c. BC

Vladimir D. Kuznetsov

Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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