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Dometios orphanotrophos (sixth/seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.261
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1169.

Obverse

Busts of Sts. Peter and Paul, facing each other and wearing himations. St. Peter is on the left and has a short beard while St. Paul is on the right and has a long beard. Above them in the center, a cross. Wreath border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

 - δ -  - ι - μ - ν - ο - ρ - τ - υ - 

Δομετίου ὀρφανοτρόφου

Translation

Δομετίου ὀρφανοτρόφου.

(Seal of) Dometios orphanotrophos.

Commentary

The obverse likely is a representation of the ecstatic meeting between Peter and Paul; Zacos describes that Schlumberger (Sigillographie, p. 380) published a related seal (also analyzed by Bury in The Imperial Administrative System) that has a similar obverse and a reverse that reads ὀρφανοτρόφ' in a circular inscription and a monogram that deciphers to (according to Bury) Ιουστίνου καὶ Σοφίας; Schlumberger and Bury associate this with the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul within the precincts of the Orphanotropheion, according to Theophanes, in 571-572, a terminus post quem for this and Schlumberger's seal. Zacos' resolution of the reverse is quite acceptable, as ὀρφανοτρόφου is assuredly present, and Δομετίου effectively completes the monogram.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.261
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1169.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.261
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1169.