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Epiphanios patrikios and strategos (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5449
Diameter 28 mm
Previous Editions

J. Glynias, "Prayerful iconoclasts: Psalm Seals and Elite Formation in the First Iconoclast Era (726–750)," DOP 71 (2017), no. 5 (listing previous editions and parallels).

Obverse

In the center, a cruciform monogram. Letters: εινπφ : Ἐπιφανίου. Within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

εΞΕλκεεΞνθροππορου

ἐξελοῦ με, Κύριε, κε ἐξ ἀνθρόπου πονηροῦ

Reverse

In the center, a cruciform monogram. Letters: ικπρτ : πατρικίου. In the corners around the monogram: Στρ|τηγ : στρατηγοῦ. Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

πονροσικολιρυσιμε

ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς ἀδίκου (καὶ) δολίου ῥῦσαι με

Translation

Ἐπιφανίου πατρικίου στρατηγοῦ. ἐξελοῦ με, Κύριε, ἐξ ἀνθρόπου πονηροῦ : ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς ἀδίκου καὶ δολίου ῥῦσαι με.

(Seal of) Epiphanios patrikios and strategos. Deliver me, Lord, from an evil person, from an unjust and deceitful man, save me.

Commentary

The circular inscriptions combine passages from Psalms 139: 1 and 42: 1.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5449
Diameter 28 mm
Previous Editions

J. Glynias, "Prayerful iconoclasts: Psalm Seals and Elite Formation in the First Iconoclast Era (726–750)," DOP 71 (2017), no. 5 (listing previous editions and parallels).