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Anna Komnene, daughter of the kaisarissa and despotes kaisar (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4559
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Two halves, separated along the channel.
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2722 bis (a).

Obverse

Inscription in five lines with cross above. Border of dots.


αννησ
κο.σ
θυγατροσ
καισαρισ
σησ

Ἄννης Κομνηνῆς θυγατρὸς καισαρίσσης

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

και
δεσποτ
και.αροσ
ευ.υχε
ατ

καὶ δεσπότου καίσαρος εὐτηχεστάτου

Translation

Ἄννης Κομνηνῆς θυγατρὸς καισαρίσσης καὶ δεσπότου καίσαρος εὐτηχεστάτου.

(Seal of) Anna Komnene, daughter of the kaisarissa and the most blessèd despotes kaisar.

Commentary

This seal contains two dodecasyllabic verses. Zacos dates this seal to the first half of the twelfth century, as he points out this may be either Anna Komnene, the daughter of John Dalassenos and Maria Komnene (the porphyrogennetos), who were caesars from 1136-1145, or Anna Komnene the daughter of Nikephoros Melissenos and Eudokia Komnene. He additionally notes that the epithet εὐτυχής (or εὐτυχέστατος) is used in combination with the title of kaisar on his seals nos. 2683 and 2722, and that the combination despotes kaisar appears also on his nos. 2699, 2722, and 2739.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4559
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Two halves, separated along the channel.
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2722 bis (a).

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4559
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Two halves, separated along the channel.
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2722 bis (a).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4559
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Two halves, separated along the channel.
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2722 bis (a).