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Priests and ekklesiekdikoi (of Saint Sophia) (fourteenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4912

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.20. Illustrated by Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 114 (pl. 19).

Details

Diameter:
44 mm
Field:
36 mm

Obverse

Priests and ekklesiekdikoi (of Saint Sophia) (fourteenth century)

Justinian (left) and the Mother of God (right) holding between them a model of the church of Saint Sophia, which offers a view within of a cross set on an altar. Inscriptions. Center: ΗΑ|.ΙΑ|ΣΟ|ΦΙΑ : Ἡ Ἁ[γ]ία Σοφία; at left: Ι|...|Ν|ΙΑ|Ν|Ο|ΝΔ|ΕΣ|.Ο : Ἰου[στι]νιανὸν δεσ[π]ό[την]; and at right: ̅|ΘΥ̅|Η|..|..|Α : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ – Ἡ Β[οήθι]α. Border of dots.

Reverse

Priests and ekklesiekdikoi (of Saint Sophia) (fourteenth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

τοισθε
οσεβεατοισ
εσβυτεροισ
καιεκκλησ
εκδικοισ

τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις

Translation

Τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις.

The most reverent priests and judges of Hagia Sophia.

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Commentary

For a discussion of the ekklesiekdikoi, who formed a tribunal, operating out of Saint Sophia, and the iconography associated with their seals, see the brief introduction in DO Seals 5, pages 88–89, as well as J. Cotsonis, "The Virgin and Justinian on Seals of the Ekklesiekdikoi of Hagia Sophia."

 

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