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Beser patrikios and strategos (eighth century, first half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1835
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Broken. The reading has been restored with reference to better preserved parallels.
Previous Editions

J. Glynias, "Prayerful Iconoclasts: Psalm Seals and Elite Formation in the First Iconoclast Era (726–750)," DOP 71 (2017), no. 2.

Obverse

In the center, a cruciform monogram: ηρσΒ: Βησήρ. A cross in each of the four quarters. Between two linear borders, the remains of a circular inscription:

νθροππο̣

[ἐξελοῦ με, Κ(υρι)ε, ἐξ] ἀνθρόπου πο[νηροῦ]

Reverse

In the center, a cruciform monogram: τρκηπ : πατρικίου. In the quarters: Στρ|τηγ : στρατηγοῦ. Within concentric borders of dots, the remains of a circular inscription:

ΔροσΔικ

[ἀπὸ ἀ]νδρὸς ἀδίκ[ου (καὶ) δολίου ῥυσαι με]

Translation

Βησὴρ πατρικίου στρατηγοῦ. ἐξελοῦ με, Κυριε, ἐξ ἀνθρόπου πονηροῦ : ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς ἀδίκου καὶ δολίου ῥυσαι με.

(Seal of) Beser patrikios (and) strategos. Deliver me, O Lord from the evil man : preserve me from the unjust and deceitful man.

Commentary

On the owner and his seals bearing quotations from the Psalms, see Glynias's article cited above and BZS.1958.106.2308.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1835
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Broken. The reading has been restored with reference to better preserved parallels.
Previous Editions

J. Glynias, "Prayerful Iconoclasts: Psalm Seals and Elite Formation in the First Iconoclast Era (726–750)," DOP 71 (2017), no. 2.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1835
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Broken. The reading has been restored with reference to better preserved parallels.
Previous Editions

J. Glynias, "Prayerful Iconoclasts: Psalm Seals and Elite Formation in the First Iconoclast Era (726–750)," DOP 71 (2017), no. 2.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1835
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Broken. The reading has been restored with reference to better preserved parallels.
Previous Editions

J. Glynias, "Prayerful Iconoclasts: Psalm Seals and Elite Formation in the First Iconoclast Era (726–750)," DOP 71 (2017), no. 2.