Author Topic: Εὐνόης ? (Byzantine ring inscription) -> belonging to Eunoë?  (Read 2455 times)

Omicron

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I was wondering if anyone could tell me the translation of Greek letters

Xi Chi Upsilon (-possibly Gamma?)  Omicron Eta Epsilon Rho

(all one word: I just joined and am not sure how to change the text to Greek)

found on a silver ring from the Byzantine Empire (~700 AD). Any ideas? I've had no luck so far...
« Last Edit: 11 Oct, 2008, 19:37:43 by billberg23 »


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Re: Byzantine ring inscription
« Reply #1 on: 23 Oct, 2007, 10:52:41 »
So, it looks like this?
ΞΧΥΓΟΗΕΡ

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Re: Byzantine ring inscription
« Reply #2 on: 25 Oct, 2007, 02:30:42 »
Close but the third letter looks more like a V.


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Re: Byzantine ring inscription
« Reply #3 on: 25 Oct, 2007, 04:55:16 »
It makes no sense to us, either way. Is there any way you can scan and upload a picture of the ring?

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Re: Byzantine ring inscription
« Reply #4 on: 27 Oct, 2007, 22:00:59 »
It's not letting me upload the file for some reason. I'm wondering if it could just be someone's name?...

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Re: Byzantine ring inscription
« Reply #5 on: 27 Oct, 2007, 22:08:34 »
It's not letting me upload the file for some reason. I'm wondering if it could just be someone's name?...
Can you upload it in imageshack.us and post the link?


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Re: Byzantine ring inscription
« Reply #6 on: 28 Oct, 2007, 22:03:41 »
This may just work. Try:

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/1769/expa8.jpg

I don't have the actual ring so this is as close as I can get...
« Last Edit: 18 Apr, 2008, 01:48:27 by billberg23 »

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Re: Byzantine ring inscription
« Reply #7 on: 29 Oct, 2007, 02:24:32 »
Tiny letters engraved on small metal objects from the Byzantine period can be damned difficult to read.  It's conceivable to me that the first six letters read EYNOHΣ ("belonging to Eunoë").  Eunoë (root meaning: "kindly") is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, and probably of a number of humans as well.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euno%C3%AB.
The name must have persisted through the Middle Ages, for it shows up as the name of a river (in Canto 33.125-145 of the Purgatorio) from which Dante drinks in order to be reborn and ready to enter Paradise.
« Last Edit: 29 Oct, 2007, 16:20:50 by billberg23 »
Τί δέ τις; Τί δ' οὔ τις; Σκιᾶς ὄναρ ἄνθρωπος. — Πίνδαρος

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Re: Byzantine ring inscription
« Reply #8 on: 31 Oct, 2007, 02:15:11 »
I know I don't really have enough information. Thank you so much for your help, that's the closest I've gotten to translating it.