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Andrew priest (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Andrew, bearded, holding a cross. Inscription: Ο|Α|ΝΔ|Ρ|Ε: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἀνδρέας. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with cross above. Border of dots.


σφραγ,
υπαρχ,αν
δρεηε
ρεοσ

Σφραγ(ὶς) ὑπάρχ(ω) Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος

Obverse

Bust of St. Andrew, bearded, holding a cross. Inscription: Ο|Α|ΝΔ|Ρ|Ε: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἀνδρέας. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with cross above. Border of dots.


σφραγ,
υπαρχ,αν
δρεηε
ρεοσ

Σφραγ(ὶς) ὑπάρχ(ω) Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος

Accession number BZS.1958.106.327
Diameter 17.0 mm; field: 11.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2948.

Translation

Σφραγὶς ὑπάρχω Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος.

I am the seal of the priest Andrew.

Commentary

In this twelve-syllable verse Andrew calls himself ἡερέος (i.e. ἱερέως, priest) in poetic diction suited to the metre.