BYZANTINE LEAD SEAL/ BLEISIEGEL OF APAMEA, SYRIA GUEST HOUSE (XENON) (6th/7th c)

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Seller: charmonas (505) 100%, Location: LIMASSOL, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 173647962113 0 0 1 71 409 Μονὴ Λεκατσᾶ 3 1 479 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Very interesting historically byzantine lead seal of the Guest Houseof Apamea town in Syria (6th/7th cent.).Condition: Very Fine (as in pictures). Uncleaned. Natural brown earthen patina. Diam.: 22/23 mm Weight: 10.88 gr. Obverse: Block monogram reading: ΞΕΝΩΝΟΣ (Of the guest house).Rev.: Block monogram reading: ΑΠΑΜ[Ε]ΙΑΣ (of Apamea town). Note: Apamea (Greek: Ἀπάμεια, Apameia; Arabic: آفاميا , Afamia), on the right bank of the Orontes River, was an ancient Greek and Roman city. It was the capital of Apamene under the Macedonians, became the capital and Metropolitan Archbishopric of late Roman province Syria Secunda, again in the crusader time and since the 20th century a quadruple Catholic titular see. In early byzantine era it was the second most important town in Syria.Amongst the impressive ancient remains, the site includes the Great Colonnade which ran for nearly 2 km (1.2 mi) making it among the longest in the Roman world, and the Roman Theatre, one of the largest surviving theatres of the Roman Empire, with an estimated seating capacity in excess of 20,000. Guest Houses in byzantine period belonged usually to the local churches. The present seal can be thus rather considered as either a ticket given to enter this Guest House and have a free hospitality, or as a "blessing" to those who departed from there. A nice piece, acquired in a European auction.Please check well photos for condition!No reserve, no returns! PLEASE NOTE: PAYMENT BY PAYPAL ONLY, AFTER 3-5 DAYS THE AUCTION HAS ENDED, OTHERWISE THE ITEM WILL BE RELISTED. SHIPPING AFTER PAYMENT CLEARING BY REGISTERED MAIL WITH TRACKING NO.I DO COMBINE SHIPPING. IN CASE OF MULTIPLE PURCHASES, DO NOT PAY UNTIL I SEND YOU AN INVOICE WITH A DEDUCTION IN SHIPPING COST. MANY THANKS FOR LOOKING MY ITEM. PLEASE HAVE ALSO A LOOK ON THE REST I HAVE ON EBAY. Condition: Condition Very Fine, as in pictures. Uncleaned, with earthen patina. A 100% genuine piece., Cleaned/Uncleaned: Uncleaned, Modified Item: No, Grade: VERY FINE

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