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Michael Pyrrhos (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
.φρ
.ισμι
χηλ
  

[σ]φρα[γ]ὶς Μιχαὴλ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

  
του
πυρρ̣,
γρμ,
τ/

τοῦ Πυρρ(οῦ) γραμ(μ)άτ(ων)

Obverse

Inscription of three lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
.φρ
.ισμι
χηλ
  

[σ]φρα[γ]ὶς Μιχαὴλ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

  
του
πυρρ̣,
γρμ,
τ/

τοῦ Πυρρ(οῦ) γραμ(μ)άτ(ων)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.813
Diameter 18.0 mm; field: 14.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2631 (reading the family name as Pyros and offering an alternative of Pygos).

Translation

σφραγὶς Μιχαὴλ τοῦ Πυρροῦ γραμμάτων.

Seal of the letters of Michael Pyrrhos.

Commentary

The lettering is not clear towards the end of the second line of the reverse. We have transcribed a rho with an abbreviation mark, but it could also be a tau, in which case we could read Πυρ(οῦ) τ(ῶν) γραμ(μ)άτ(ων) which has the virtue of making the inscription into a proper twelve-syllable verse.