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The bishop of Alabanda (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Faint outline of the Virgin holding Christ. No inscription visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decoration above. Border of dots.

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ΠΑΡΘΕ
ΝΕΣΣΟΝ
ΠΙΣΚΟΠΟ,
ΑΛΑΑΝ
ΔΝ

Παρθένε σῶσον πίσκοπον Ἀλαβάνδων

Obverse

Faint outline of the Virgin holding Christ. No inscription visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decoration above. Border of dots.

 
ΠΑΡΘΕ
ΝΕΣΣΟΝ
ΠΙΣΚΟΠΟ,
ΑΛΑΑΝ
ΔΝ

Παρθένε σῶσον πίσκοπον Ἀλαβάνδων

Accession number BZS.1958.106.360
Diameter 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 60.2; Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1735; Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1770.

Translation

Παρθένε σῶσον ἐπίσκοπον Ἀλαβάνδων.

Virgin, preserve the bishop of Alabanda.

Commentary

It would appear that the epsilon in ἐπίσκοπον was deliberately omitted to preserve a correct dodecasyllabic verse. Cf. BZS 1947.2.150.