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THE PROTO-SLAVONIC RECORD ON THE FRAGMENT OF A VESSEL FROM THE TAMAN' ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

by Sergei V. Rjabchikov

The fragment of a black-glazed vessel, 5th - 4th centuries B.C., is exhibited in the Taman' Archaeological Museum. According to the description by C. Morgan (1999: 34-5, plate 13), it is the artefact Nr 63, ca. 375 - 315 B.C., from the village Starotitarovskaya. The text inscribed on the fragment is presented in figure 1.

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Figure 1.
It is not the Greek script. Taking into account the signs of the "cherty i rezy" (pre-Cyrillic, Scythian) script (Rjabchikov 1998a: 23, tablet 1; 1998b: 5-6, tablet 1), the record reads b-ch-e-l-a zh-u-zh (bchela zhuzh) 'a bee buzzes', the word 'three' (three vertical lines) is inserted between both words. The word b-ch-e-l-a is comparable with Old Church Slavonic b''chela, b'chela, Old Russian b''chela, b'chela, bchela, Russian pchela 'bee', and the word zh-u-zh is comparable with Russian zhuzhzhat' 'to buzz'. These data are an additional evidence that the Scythians and Sarmatians (Sauromatae) were indeed the Proto-Slavs.

The number three is, in my opinion, a designation of the name of the Old Indian deity Trita connected with Old Indian trtiya 'third'; this character is associated with the water and well (Toporov 1992a). Moreover, Trita corresponds to the Russian fairytale character Ivan Tretey (Ivan Vodovich 'Ivan, a son of the water') (Toporov 1992b). On the other hand, a bee is associated with the water in the Greek, Roman and Russian mythologies (Ivanov and Toporov 1992). Besides, a bee appears from oversee in the Russian folklore (Ivanov and Toporov 1992). The parallel Tmutarakan' song is registered. So the bee mentioned in the Proto-Slavonic inscription is a symbol of the Taman' land. The three lines compares with the trident (1), the coat of arms (emblem) of the Kingdom of the Bosporus (Drachuk 1975: 63ff).

NOTE

1. It is a symbol of the Greek god Poseidon, cf. also the name of his son, the god Triton (Losev 1992; Taho-Godi 1992).

REFERENCES

Drachuk, V.S., 1975. Sistemy znakov Severnogo Prichernomor'ya (Tamgoobraznye znaki severopontiyskoy periferii antichnogo mira pervykh vekov nashey ery). Kiev: Naukova dumka.

Ivanov, V.V. and V.N. Toporov, 1992. Pchela. In: S.A. Tokarev (ed.) Mify narodov mira. Vol. 2. Moscow: Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya, pp. 354-6.

Losev, A.F., 1992. Poseidon. In: S.A. Tokarev (ed.) Mify narodov mira. Vol. 2. Moscow: Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya, pp. 323-4.

Morgan, C., 1999. Taman Antiquity. Vol. 2. A Catalogue of Attic Pottery in the Collection of the Taman Museum. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum Publishing.

Rjabchikov, S.V., 1998a. Tainstvennaya Tmutarakan'. Krasnodar: Torgovo-promyshlennaya palata Krasnodarskogo kraya.

Rjabchikov, S.V., 1998b. Drevnie texty slavyan i adygov. Krasnodar: Torgovo-promyshlennaya palata Krasnodarskogo kraya.

Taho-Godi, A.A., 1992. Triton. In: S.A. Tokarev (ed.) Mify narodov mira. Vol. 2. Moscow: Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya, pp. 526.

Toporov, V.N., 1992a. Trita. In: S.A. Tokarev (ed.) Mify narodov mira. Vol. 2. Moscow: Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya, pp. 525-6.

Toporov, V.N., 1992b. Trita, Frita. In: S.A. Tokarev (ed.) Mify narodov mira. Vol. 2. Moscow: Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya, p. 526.


Copyright © 2000 by Sergei V. Rjabchikov. All Rights Reserved.

Published 13 November 2000.

Sergei V. Rjabchikov, Krasnodar, RUSSIA.


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