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Leo monk and higoumenos (of the monastery) of Chrysopolis (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4783

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 78.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1937.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm
Field:
14 mm
Condition:
Dented on obv.

Obverse

Leo monk and higoumenos (of the monastery) of Chrysopolis (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin, her hands held open before her. remains of the sigla: .Θ: [Μ(ήτηρ)] Θ(εοῦ). Within a border of dots, a circular inscription.

ΤΣΔˊΛˊ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Leo monk and higoumenos (of the monastery) of Chrysopolis (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

Ε
ΟΝ,ΤΑ..
ΗΓΜ.
ΠΟΛˊ

Λέοντι μοναχ καὶ ἡγουμένῳ Χρυσοπόλεως

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι μοναχῷ καὶ ἡγουμένῳ Χρυσοπόλεως.

Theotokos, help your servant Leo, monk and hegoumenos (of the monastery of) Chrysopolis.

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Commentary

There is a clear yet unusual abbreviation sign after Ν on line 2 (rev.). It could be a simple mistake of the engraver. Or else one should read Λέον(τι) τα[πει(νῷ)] ἡγουμ[ένῳ] etc., but this seems unlikely.

Chrysopolis (modern Üsküdar, opposite Constantinople) where a monastery of the Virgin was constructed by Philippikos, brother-in-law of the emperor Maurice, in 594. It seems that the mount of St. Elias, probably the hill above Üsküdar, was a dependency of the Chrysopolis monastery, mentioned in the sources until the late tenth century. Our seals, however, suggest that this monastic community flourished well into the eleventh century. Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/3, 241-42; Janin, Grands centres, 23-25. 

 

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