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Paul judge of the Aegean fleet (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Panteleimon, beardless. Faint vertical inscription: Ο|Α|Γ.|ΟΣΠ|ΑΝ|ΤΕ|Λ, :  Ὁ ἅγιος Παντελεήμων. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines between two ornaments. Border of dots.


ΠΑΥΛ
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
ΚΡΙΝΟΝΤ,
ΑΙΓΑΙΟΝ
ΠΛΟΟΝ


Πάυλου σφραγὶς κρίνοντος Αἰγαῖον πλόον

Obverse

Bust of St. Panteleimon, beardless. Faint vertical inscription: Ο|Α|Γ.|ΟΣΠ|ΑΝ|ΤΕ|Λ, :  Ὁ ἅγιος Παντελεήμων. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines between two ornaments. Border of dots.


ΠΑΥΛ
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
ΚΡΙΝΟΝΤ,
ΑΙΓΑΙΟΝ
ΠΛΟΟΝ


Πάυλου σφραγὶς κρίνοντος Αἰγαῖον πλόον

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3698
Diameter 33.0 mm; field: 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 40.19a.
Cf. SBS 3 (1993) 205, and Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1781.

Translation

Πάυλου σφραγὶς κρίνοντος Αἰγαῖον πλόον.

The seal of Paul who acts as judge for the Aegaean fleet.

Commentary

A correct twelve-syllable verse. This poetic inscription is of interest for showing that in the eleventh century the Aigaion was still perceived as a maritime province supplying seamen for the fleet.