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« on: May 15, 2020, 04:33:42 am »



Dear board, here a seal from my tiny collection that I can't find in my references. What puzzles me are the letters at the bottom line.

Our Theodore was droungarios of what or where?

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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 03:20:34 am »

I have no idea about this seal. The obverse has some questions as well: there's a cross in the middle, in stead of the expected theta. Could also be a letter phi. Also, the delta above is another letter I can't explain.

The last line would seem to be his command. I could not think of any likely solution. Could be unpublished of course. CVPIAC maybe? Could not find this attested though. Known commands starting with S do not fit (Samos, Seleukia, Sardinia, tou stolou).
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 07:16:20 am »


Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Well, I have no idea about the unusual cross instead of the theta in the middle of the obverse either. Nor about the Delta. I have been searching for parallel obverses since your post but with no avail. The only explanation I can think of, is that it stands for "Despoina" refering to Theotokos. But this is wild imagination. I have no idea whether such monograms exist.

Regarding the reverse, Syria seems to be a plausible solution. I suppose we have to wait for the next specimen.

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2020, 12:31:10 pm »

Could it be EX or CX on the last line? In fact, looking at the letter size, X would fit better wouldn't it?
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2020, 07:24:39 am »

Yes, both CE and CX would be possible, although the other E in the name is quite different. I could even be C Greek_omega_small
Could CΩΖΟΠΟΛΙC be an option?

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2020, 01:18:31 am »

I fear two half letters are too little to go on without a parallel...
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2020, 02:53:41 pm »

I fear you might ne right!

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