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Andrew metropolitan (?) (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.327

Details

Diameter:
17 mm
Field:
11 mm

Obverse

Andrew metropolitan (?) (eleventh century)

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

Reverse

Andrew metropolitan (?) (eleventh century)

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


σφραγ,
υπαρχ,αν
δρεηε
ρεοσ

Σφραγὶς ὑπάρχου Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος

Translation

Σφραγὶς ὑπάρχου Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος.

Seal of Andrew, eparch (and) priest.

Audio

Commentary

In this twelve-syllable verse Andrew calls himself an ὑπάρχου (eparch) and ἡερέος (i.e. ἱερέως, priest) in poetic diction suited to the metre. He may also be indicating his status as a metropolitan, noting that he is a cleric with the archaic word for priest, and indicating his ecclesiastical station as in charge of an ἐπαρχία.

 

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