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John Arbantinos (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Theodore holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. Epigraphy on either side: |θ|εο||ορ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδορ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross of pellets above. Border of dots.


μεγα
λομαρτ,
φυλατε
ι̅τοαρ
αντιν

μεγαλομάρτ(υς) φύλατε Ἰω(άννην) τὸ(ν) Ἀρβαντιν(όν)

Obverse

Bust of St. Theodore holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. Epigraphy on either side: |θ|εο||ορ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδορ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross of pellets above. Border of dots.


μεγα
λομαρτ,
φυλατε
ι̅τοαρ
αντιν

μεγαλομάρτ(υς) φύλατε Ἰω(άννην) τὸ(ν) Ἀρβαντιν(όν)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2910
Diameter 20.0 mm; field: 11.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1417.

Translation

μεγαλομάρτυς φύλατε Ἰωάννην τὸν Ἀρβαντινόν.

Great martyr, protect John Arbantinos.

Commentary

Wassiliou-Seibt describes the inscription as a twelve-syllable verse with the family name added on.