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Homer (?) auletikos (?) (sixth/seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2926
Diameter 20 mm


Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.


Ὁμήρου (?)


Monogram with letters to left and right forming the shape of a cruciform. Wreath border.


αὐλητικοῦ (?)


Ὁμήρου αὐλητικοῦ.

(Seal of) Homer auletikos.


This is an odd seal, and its reading is very uncertain. The name Homer is abnormal. Moreover, the reverse monogram is not a normal cruciform, but a vertical stick disconnected from two letters in fields to the l. and r. Finally, if all the letters in this reverse monogram are taken as part of the same whole, it resolves to αὐλητικοῦ, an abnormal title of sorts, meaning αὐλός-player; it is attested as well by Fink in his dissertation, Das byzantinische Monogramm, p(s). 107 and 205.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2926
Diameter 20 mm