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(Seal of) Apameia and Antioch (sixth/seventh centuries)

Accession Number:
BZS.1977.34.81 (formerly DO 77.34.81)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 9.19.

Details

Diameter:
15 mm
Field:
10 mm
Weight:
3.50 g
Condition:
Channel runs from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock

Obverse

(Seal of) Apameia and Antioch (sixth/seventh centuries)

A cross, with inscription in the quarters. Linear border.

(Seal of) Apameia and Antioch (sixth/seventh centuries)

Ἀπαμίας

Reverse

(Seal of) Apameia and Antioch (sixth/seventh centuries)

Bust of an unidentified figure wearing a cloak fastened with a large fibula. Inscription of two lines. Border of dots.

(Seal of) Apameia and Antioch (sixth/seventh centuries)

Θ(εο)υπόλ(εως)

Translation

Ἀπαμίας Θεουπόλεως

Of Apameia and Theoupolis [Antioch]

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Commentary

The interpretation of this specimen is problematic. It may have been struck by an official who had authority over the two cities, Apameia (no doubt the ancient Pharnake and the Arab Qalat al-Madiq, in Syria) and Antioch. On the other hand, it could also have belonged to an ecclesiastical institution, in this case the church of Apameia, that wished to clarify its subordination to Antioch the Theoupolis and thus avoid being confused with the archbishopric Apameia of Bithynia, or the bishopric of the same name (also known as Kibotos) that was a suffragan of Antioch of Pisidia (see Laurent, Corpus 5.1:616, 637, and 402–3; DO Seals 3, sections 43 and 90).

 

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