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The monastery of Nea Mone of Chios (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5016

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 41.8c.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1268 (with erroneous listings); one photograph of specimen (a) was previously published by G. Galavaris, "Seals of the Byzantine Empire," Archaeology 12 (1959) 267, pl. 7.

Details

Diameter:
17 mm
Condition:
Corroded.

Obverse

The monastery of Nea Mone of Chios (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of three lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡΑ

ΓΙΣΜΟΝ
ΑΣΤΝ

Σφραγὶς μοναστῶν

Reverse

The monastery of Nea Mone of Chios (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ΤΗ͂ΣΝΗ
Α͂ΣΜΟΝΗ͂
ΣΧΙΟΎ

τῆς Νέας Μονῆς Χίου

Translation

Σφραγὶς μοναστῶν τῆς Νέας Μονῆς Χίου.

Seal of the monks of the Nea Mone of Chios.

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Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. Some accents on the reverse, two of which, the second and the fourth, are misplaced and erroneous grammatically and metrically (the fourth one could be considered as representing the popular form ἡ Χιός, τῆς Χιοῦ, but in this case it should be a circumflex; and it is metrically unacceptable).

For the history of the famous monastery, see Ch. Bouras, Nea Moni on Chios: History and Architecture; Malmut, Iles, 570-72.

 

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