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Theopemptos Gaitanes (?) (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross, a decoration above. Border of dots.


του
γιτν,
θεοπεμ̣
π̣τ

τοῦ Γαΐταν(η) Θεοπέμπτου

Reverse

Inscription of three lines, a row of pellets below. Border of dots.

σφρ
γιστυγ
χν


σφραγὶς τυγχάνω

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross, a decoration above. Border of dots.


του
γιτν,
θεοπεμ̣
π̣τ

τοῦ Γαΐταν(η) Θεοπέμπτου

Reverse

Inscription of three lines, a row of pellets below. Border of dots.

σφρ
γιστυγ
χν


σφραγὶς τυγχάνω

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3110
Diameter 20.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

τοῦ Γαΐτανη Θεοπέμπτου σφραγὶς τυγχάνω.

I am the seal of Theopemptos Gaitanes.

Commentary

The reading of the second line of the obverse poses problems. What we read as Gaitanes could be a family name, or perhaps a placename to be identified as a bishopric.

The inscription appears to be metrical in intent if not in result (it has thirteen syllables) and should be added to the catalogue of metrical seals assembled by Wassiliou-Seibt.