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Plato (?) (seventh/eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2817

Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1103.

Details

Diameter:
24 mm

Obverse

Plato (?) (seventh/eighth century)

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - λ - ν - ο - π - σ - τ - ω

Πλάτωνος (?)

Reverse

Plato (?) (seventh/eighth century)

In upper field, bust of Christ with nimbus cruciger. Crosses on either side. Below, inscription in four lines. Wreath border.

δευτεοι
ευλογιμ
ενοιτ
πσ

Δεῦτε οἱ εὐλογιμένοι τοῦ Πατρός

Translation

Πλάτωνος. Δεῦτε οἱ εὐλογιμένοι τοῦ Πατρός.

(Seal of) Plato. Come, ye blessed of My Father.

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Commentary

The resolution of the monogram is not certain, as the Τ must be found in an unlikely place (perhaps the intersection of the cruciform). Zacos dates this seal to 550-650; however, in our view it should be assigned to the late seventh century, perhaps the early eighth. The reverse presents a very rare example of an inscription drawn from Holy Writ.

 

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