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Anonymous (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Evangelist Luke holding his Gospel in his left arm. On either side, epigraphy: |λ|ο.κ|α|σ : ὁ ἅγιος Λο[υ]κάς. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Θην
ορ
ησραγισ
μοιγραμ
ματν

Θηβῶν ὁ φωστὴρ ἡ σφραγὶς μοι γραμμάτων

Obverse

Bust of the Evangelist Luke holding his Gospel in his left arm. On either side, epigraphy: |λ|ο.κ|α|σ : ὁ ἅγιος Λο[υ]κάς. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Θην
ορ
ησραγισ
μοιγραμ
ματν

Θηβῶν ὁ φωστὴρ ἡ σφραγὶς μοι γραμμάτων

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2053
Diameter 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 945.

Translation

Θηβῶν ὁ φωστὴρ ἡ σφραγὶς μοι γραμμάτων.

The splendor of Thebes is the seal of my letters.

Commentary

Note the inscription's reference to St. Luke as the "splendor of Thebes" (Θηβῶν ὁ φωστήρ) -- the Evangelist is the patron saint of the city and his tomb is located there.