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Timotheos monk, imperial cleric and oikonomos of the monastery of the Oktaon (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4945

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 85.1b. Parallel specimen published by Zacos, Seals II, no. 768 (with misreading).

Details

Diameter:
26 mm

Obverse

Timotheos monk, imperial cleric and oikonomos of the monastery of the Oktaon (eleventh century)

Bust of the Mother of God with her hands held palm outward before her. At left and right: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Timotheos monk, imperial cleric and oikonomos of the monastery of the Oktaon (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines followed by decoration. Border of dots.


τιμοθ,
̅κλιρ,
κ,οικον,
μ,τ,μον,
οκτ


Τιμόθ(εος) (μον)αχ(ὸς), β(ασιλικὸς) κλιρ(ι)κ(ὸς) (καὶ) οἰκ(ο)ν(ό)μ(ος) τ(ῆς) μον(ῆς) Ὀκτάου

Translation

Τιμόθεος μοναχὸς, βασιλικὸς κλιρικὸς καὶ οἰκονόμος τῆς μονῆς Ὀκτάου.

Timotheos monk, imperial cleric and oikonomos of the monastery of the Oktaon.

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Commentary

Line two on the reverse is complete, and allows the title of monk to be added to the reading of the Zacos specimen.

The main problem with the reading is that a mark of suspension seems to appear after Ὀκτάου. There is mention, in the lists of monks at the Council of Nicaea, of Niketas, monk of Ὀκτάων (Janin, Grands centres, 437 no. 87). If we postulate that the omicron-upsilon horseshoe ligature is a mistake and that the engraver should have carved an omega, then the suspension mark can be accommodated.

 

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