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Monogrammatic Seal (sixth/seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3243
Diameter 20 mm

Obverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

 - β - δ - ε - θ - ι - κ - ο - ρ -  - Ψ - 

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Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

 - ε - ι - λ - μ - ν - ο - ρ - σ - υ

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Translation

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Commentary

This corrosion on this seal makes it impossible to give certain readings of either monogram; the obverse seems to either read the strange, ἀββᾷ Θεωδώρῳ (Father Theodore) in the dative case or Θεοδώρας/Θεοδώρᾳ (Theodora) in the genitive or dative case (though also the strangely positioned ω at the top of the upper terminus of the cruciform may be a ψ, making the monogram even less interpretable). However neither of these seems possible, as the reverse almost certainly contains a masculine genitive name; the corrosion make essentially every terminus of the cruciform unclear, especially the left terminus, but some possible readings are Μενάνδρου (Menandros), Ἀμμενιανοῦ (Ammenianos), Ἀνεμίου (Anemios), and Ὑμεναίου (Hymenaios).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3243
Diameter 20 mm

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Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3243
Diameter 20 mm

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Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3243
Diameter 20 mm

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