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Constantine Angelos, despotes and sebastokrator (1185-1204)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1736
Diameter 32 mm
Condition Chipped and badly effaced on both sides.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 572 (listing previous editions by Laurent and Theocharis along with further references).

Obverse

Inscription of seven lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


γρν
σ̣ργισ̣μ̣κ
ντ̣ι̣νδε̣σ̣πο
τ.υ̣τδελν
υ̣.τουκρ̣τι..
..τουκρ
..ουσ

γραφῶν σφράγισμα Κωνσταντίνου δεσπότου [α]ὐταδέλφου νῦ[ν] τοῦ κρατί[στου] τοῦ κρ[άτ]ους

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

Σε..
κ̣ρτορν̣
τορν̣
τοσεκτη̣σ.
.ισεκ..
..νσδεπ̣..
..νγγελ
υμ

σεβα[στο]κρατοροῦντος ἐκ τῆς [ἀ]ξίας ἐκ [τοῦ γέ]νους δ᾽ἐπ[ίκλη]ν Ἀγγελ[ων]ύμ[ου]

Translation

γραφῶν σφράγισμα Κωνσταντίνου δεσπότου αὐταδέλφου νῦν τοῦ κρατίστου τοῦ κράτους σεβαστοκρατοροῦντος ἐκ τῆς ἀξίας ἐκ τοῦ γένους δ᾽ἐπίκλην Ἀγγελωνύμου.

The seal of the letters of Constantine despotes, brother of the currently reigning emperor, sebastokrator by title and by descent a member of the family by the name of Angelos.

Commentary

The artfully wrought inscription consists of four twelve-syllable verses.

The owner of this seal has been identified as Constantine Komnenos Angelos, brother of the emperors Isaac II Angelos (1185-1195, 1203-1204) and Alexios III Angelos (March-July 1203). He held military command in the years before 1182 but was blinded on the orders of Andronikos I Komnenos (1183-1185). Upon the accession of Isaac II, he was elevated to the dignity of sebastokrator and spent his remaining years occupied with works of piety or charity: see V. Laurent, "Le sébastocrator Constantin Ange et le péplum de Musée de Saint-Marc à Venise," REB 18 (1960), 208-213.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1736
Diameter 32 mm
Condition Chipped and badly effaced on both sides.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 572 (listing previous editions by Laurent and Theocharis along with further references).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1736
Diameter 32 mm
Condition Chipped and badly effaced on both sides.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 572 (listing previous editions by Laurent and Theocharis along with further references).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1736
Diameter 32 mm
Condition Chipped and badly effaced on both sides.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 572 (listing previous editions by Laurent and Theocharis along with further references).

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