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Anonymous (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4976

Details

Diameter:
24 mm

Obverse

Anonymous (eleventh century)

Standing figure of St. Basil blessing, and holding a book. Inscription: ||ΑΣ|ΙΛ|Ι|Ε|Ο|Σ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Anonymous (eleventh century)

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

γραφ
νσφρα
γιδ,τονθυ̅
θυτγρ
αφ

Γραφῶν σφραγῖδα τὸν Θεοῦ θύτην γράφω

Translation

Γραφῶν σφραγῖδα τὸν Θεοῦ θύτην γράφω.

I have inscribed the priest of God as the seal of my correspondence.

Audio

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. We may surmise that the owner's name was Basil and that he chose the image of the eponymous saint to safeguard his correspondence.

 

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