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Agapetos notarios (sixth/seventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2745

Details

Diameter:
28 mm

Obverse

Agapetos notarios (sixth/seventh century)

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

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Agapetos notarios (sixth/seventh century)

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

αγα
πητω

Ἀγαπητῷ νοταρίῳ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἀγαπητῷ νοταρίῳ.

Theotokos, help Agapetos notarios.

Audio

Commentary

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.

 

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