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Agapetos notarios (sixth/seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2745
Diameter 28 mm


Eagle with open wings, between which is a cruciform invocative monogram (type I). Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει


Block monogram reading νοταρίῳ, with a star below it and a Σ (crescent decoration) above; above, is an inscription in two lines. Wreath border.


Ἀγαπητῷ νοταρίῳ


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἀγαπητῷ νοταρίῳ.

Theotokos, help Agapetos notarios.


The Σ may represent an abbreviation for σακελλίου, thus saying that this Agapetos is a notarios of the sakellion. However, whether it is an abbreviation for this or something else or merely a decoration cannot be determined.

The dating of this seal is not definite; the block monogram and lettering appear to be sixth century, but the disposition of the seal hints at a later date.