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Pantaleon protektor (seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

 - ι - λ - ν - ο - π -  - τ - 

Πανταλέωντος

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

η - ι - κ - ν - ο - π - ρ -  - τ - 

προτήκτωρος

Obverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

 - ι - λ - ν - ο - π -  - τ - 

Πανταλέωντος

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

η - ι - κ - ν - ο - π - ρ -  - τ - 

προτήκτωρος

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3185
Diameter 26.0 mm; field: 23.0 mm

Translation

Πανταλέοντος προτήκτορος.

(Seal of) Pantaleon protektor.

Commentary

These monograms seemingly contain some sort of misspellings; otherwise they are unresolvable. However both proposed misspellings are quite possible; both ω's are unnecessary, as the ω only appears in the nominative (Πανταλέων and προτήκτωρ), and shortens to an ο in the stem of the noun seen in the genitive, as on this seal. The office of protektor seen on the resolvedis also spelled προτίκτωρ, which actually retains the ω in the genitive stem; the reverse is slightly less certain however, because the κ is cut-off, and may actually be a ν, suggesting perhaps a misspelling for πρωτονοταρίου, though the η would be odd and the α is not apparent. Though an old office, protektor is attested in the 6-7th century still on a seal of Zacos-Veglery (no. 568).