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Bath token (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

αΠα
τολου̣
τ̣ρον̣

ἄπαξ τὸ λουτρὸν

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

χρησο
τηνου
ηνια

χρησοτηνουηνια

Obverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

αΠα
τολου̣
τ̣ρον̣

ἄπαξ τὸ λουτρὸν

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

χρησο
τηνου
ηνια

χρησοτηνουηνια

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1439
Diameter 20.0 mm

Translation

ἄναξ τὸ λουτρὸν χρησοτηνουηνια

A single bath ...

Commentary

The reading of the reverse inscription is problematic and awaits clarification. The overall meaning of this metrical inscription appears to be that the token provides a single entrance to the public bath.