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Paul and Sergios (sixth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - λ - ο - π - υ

Παύλου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

γ - ε - ι - ο - ρ - σ - υ

Σεργίου

Obverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - λ - ο - π - υ

Παύλου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

γ - ε - ι - ο - ρ - σ - υ

Σεργίου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3608
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 16.0 mm

Translation

Παύλου Σεργίου.

(Seal of) Paul (and) Sergios.

Commentary

This is a strange seal; first of all, as with all such monogrammatic seals presenting two names, the relationship between the two is unclear. Is one a patronymic, or is it a partnership. Secondly, the letters in the reverse monogram do not share the same orientation. While the at the top matches that of the obverse, the Ρ is upside down at the bottom, while the Γ above it on the lower bar of the cruciform is backwards.