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Vaanios patrikios (seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Invocative monogram type V. Inscription in the corners: τσ|λ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Block monogram. Corroded inscription above. Indeterminate border.

α - β - ι - κ - ν - π - ρ - τ - ω

Βαανίῳ πατρικίῳ

Obverse

Invocative monogram type V. Inscription in the corners: τσ|λ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Block monogram. Corroded inscription above. Indeterminate border.

α - β - ι - κ - ν - π - ρ - τ - ω

Βαανίῳ πατρικίῳ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.638
Diameter 27.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βαανίῳ πατρικίῳ [ἐκ Θεοῦ].

Theotokos, help your servant Vaanios patrikios [by the grace of God].

Commentary

There is clearly something above the reverse block monogram; from a parallel specimen (Zacos-Veglery, no. 3231), Zacos shows that it is likely ΕΘΥ (ἐκ Θεοῦ), though it is entirely illegible on this seal. Additionally, other valid readings of the reverse monogram are Άβανίῳ, Ἰοβιανῷ, and Ἰουβιανῷ.

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