Bronze & Iron Inscribed Fibula

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Roman bronze fibula with inscription

Date Acquired  2006
Location Discovered Balkans
Material  Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 6.0cm long x 3.5cm wide
Roman Empire 3rd - 5th Century AD

Bronze Crossbow style Fibula/pin used to hold together the Toga/clothing of the Roman Soldier and Citizen.  Called Crossbow due to its unique shape similar to a crossbow.  This example however is somewhat unique.  It has an iron segment that constitutes the cross piece, ending in two bronze spheres.  The point of the fibula where the remnants of the iron spring and pin are has a curled bronze piece.  The arch has small dots engraved on it while a bronze segment is wrapped around at the end of the arch. The arch would have been where the fabric bunched while the pin secured it.  In the flat section there is a dot pattern border that surrounds it.  Within this border is a Greek inscription


This simply states "Mikail" of Michael as the name is known today. 

That fact that it is inscribed in Greek indicates that it perhaps was part of the East Roman empire which largely spoke Greek, and fully Greek by the time it became the Byzantine Empire.  (1)


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(1) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 155 2002

**Note on background. A Fresco from the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. The interior walls of a wealthy Roman's Estate 79AD. Picture taken July 2005.