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(Seal of) Apameia and Antioch (sixth/seventh centuries)

Accession number BZS 1977.34.81
Diameter 15 mm
Field diameter 10 mm
Condition Channel runs from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 9.19.


A cross, with an inscription in the quarters. Linear border.




Bust of an unidentified figure wearing a cloak fastened with a large fibula. Inscription flanking and below the image. Border of dots.




Ἀπαμίας Θεουπόλεως

(Seal of) Apameia and Theoupolis [Antioch]


The interpretation of this specimen is problematic. It may have been struck by an official who had authority over the two cities, Apameia (no doubt the ancient Pharnake and the Arab Qalat al-Madiq, in Syria) and Antioch. On the other hand, it could also have belonged to an ecclesiastical institution, in this case the church of Apameia, that wished to clarify its subordination to Antioch the Theoupolis and thus avoid being confused with the archbishopric Apameia of Bithynia, or the bishopric of the same name (also known as Kibotos) that was a suffragan of Antioch of Pisidia (see Laurent, Corpus 5.1:616, 637, and 402–3; DO Seals 3, sections 43 and 90).