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Narses (?) archbishop (eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.283

Details

Diameter:
24 mm
Field:
21 mm

Obverse

Narses (?) archbishop (eighth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Thin wreath border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Narses (?) archbishop (eighth century)

Inscription in four lines. Thin wreath border.

ναρ
..αρχ
.επισκ
οπ

Νάρσου (?) ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νάρσου (?) ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ.

Lord, help your servant, the archbishop Narses (?).

Audio

Commentary

The reading of the seal owner's name is uncertain; the ΝΑ is clear, and there seems to be the remains of a cross before it, rendering this the beginning of the word. The letter after the alpha seems to be a Γ, Ρ, or Σ; with the beginning read as such, Narses is the most likely reading, although if there is a letter before the ΝΑ, then Anastasios becomes the most likely reading.

 

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