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Constantine (son of ?) John, notarios (sixth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2052

Details

Diameter:
22 mm
Field:
18 mm
Condition:
Chipped.

Obverse

Constantine (son of ?) John, notarios (sixth century)

Block monogram with star to the left. Linear border.

α - ι - κ - ν - ο - σ - τ - υ - ω

Κωνσταντίνου

Reverse

Constantine (son of ?) John, notarios (sixth century)

Block monogram with star to the left. Linear border.

α - ι - ν - ο - ρ - τ - υ - ω

Ἰωάννου νοταρίου

Translation

Κωνσταντίνου (υἱοῦ ?) Ἰωάννου νοταρίου.

(Seal of) Constantine (son of ?) John, notarios.

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Commentary

Both monograms on this seal are reasonably certain: the obverse seems to contain the name Constantine in the genitive (the apparent β on the right of the block monogram must be a damaged κ, as the β would render no intelligible reading), and the reverse is a complex monogram reading John, notarios. However there is no indication on the seal as to how the two monograms fit together, nor in what order to read them. Based on the presence of two names, there is likely an implied patronymic, however with both in the genitive, it is impossible to know which name is the patronymic. See Nesbitt, "Double Names on Early Byzantine Lead Seals."

 

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