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« on: September 01, 2018, 12:03:57 pm »

I purchased a Byzantine 7th/8th Century? lead seal with a monogram in a wreath border on the obverse and  Greek_Mu Greek_Omicron C   Greek_Chi Greek_omega_small Greek_Alpha C on the reverse in a wreath border.  It measures 24.32 mm and weighs 16.02 g  The dealer thought that it was the seal of a stratelates, a general.  As I research this interesting seal, I would appreciate any information to identify it.  Pogh_poor
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 02:28:48 am »

Yes, I think that must be it. Stratelates is spelled with eta, but the monogram might be read CTPATILATOV. At this time, stratelatos is one of the minor court dignities, and no longer refers to actual generals. The personal name I can't really make sense of. It might be nominative Moschoas, even though the dignity is in the genitive. The name might refer to Hebrew Mozes, even though on seals that name usually occurs as Moses. Moschos and Moschonas I could find. I sold another example of this type some time ago, and that one was found in Israel.
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2018, 11:12:57 am »

Thank you so much for your insight.  I will continue to research this seal.  Do you recommend a very good reference for such seals?   I am quite lucky to work very near Dumbarton Oaks and their great collection of Byzantine seals and coins.  Pogh_poor
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2018, 02:09:24 am »

The big 'problem' as opposed to coins is that virtually all lead seals, by their nature, are extremely rare. This means there is usually not much overlap between the various references, which means you will pretty much need all of them...! That being said, there are some that are a good place to start. Towering above all is the Zacos collection, published in 2 volumes of 4 parts text and 2 parts of plates. Vol. 1 is mainly 6th-9th centuries and is the best reference for that period. Vol. 2 is roughly 10th to the fall of Constantinople. These are beautifully published books. Next to those, the DO series on seals is a good place to start. Another considerable series is Laurent's work in his Corpus on seals of the Administration and the Church (he did not complete the Military). THen there is Jordanov's 3 part corpus on Bulgarian seals. And a great introduction to seals in German is Seibt's 1st part on seals in Vienna (Byzantininischen Bleisiegel in Österreich I).
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