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Eusebios bishop of Gaza (sixth century)

Accession number BZS 1955.1.4642
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 20.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 2027 (sixth century); Zacos–Veglery, no. 803 (550–650). A similar, but not parallel, seal was found at Caesarea: Nesbitt, "Byzantine Lead Seals from the Area of the Governor's Palace," no. 8.

Obverse

Inscription of two lines. Border of dots.

ΕΥΣΕ
ΒΙΟΥ

Εὐσεβίου

Reverse

Inscription of two lines with a pellet centered between the lines. Border of dots.

ΕΠΙΣΚ/
ΓΖΙΣ

ἐπισκόπου Γάζις

Translation

Εὐσεβίου ἐπισκόπου Γάζις.

(Seal of) Eusebios bishop of Gaza.

Commentary

One of the oldest inhabited sites in the world, Gaza (modern Gazzé) is located in southwestern Palestine. Its Christian beginnings are obscure, and the first bishop is attested in the early fourth century. Gaza was a flourishing center of trade during the sixth century, but declined after its capture by the Arabs in 635. See DHGE 20, cols. 154–76; ODB 2:825; list of bishops in Fedalto, HEO 2: 1021–23.

Accession number BZS 1955.1.4642
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 20.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 2027 (sixth century); Zacos–Veglery, no. 803 (550–650). A similar, but not parallel, seal was found at Caesarea: Nesbitt, "Byzantine Lead Seals from the Area of the Governor's Palace," no. 8.

Notes

Accession number BZS 1955.1.4642
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 20.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 2027 (sixth century); Zacos–Veglery, no. 803 (550–650). A similar, but not parallel, seal was found at Caesarea: Nesbitt, "Byzantine Lead Seals from the Area of the Governor's Palace," no. 8.

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