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N. metropolitan of Euchaita and protosynkellos (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5039

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 16.9a.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1783. Cf. Zacos, Seals II, no. 842, for a parallel specimen.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Field:
22 mm

Obverse

N. metropolitan of Euchaita and protosynkellos (eleventh century)

Bust of St. Theodore holding a martyr's cross before him. Inscription in two columns: |θε|ο-δ|ρ|ο, : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδωρο(ς). Circular inscription, beginning at ten o'clock. Border of pellets.

μαρτυσθυτηνσον

Μάρτυς θύτην σόν

Reverse

N. metropolitan of Euchaita and protosynkellos (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of pellets.


τονευ
χαιτν
πρωτοσυγ
κελλον
σκεπε

τὸν Εὐχαΐτων πρωτοσύγκελλον σκέπε

Translation

Μάρτυς θύτην σὸν τὸν Εὐχαΐτων πρωτοσύγκελλον σκέπε.

Martyr, watch over your servant the metropolitan of Euchaita and protosynkellos.

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Commentary

This seal and BZS.1955.1.5040 bear the same iconography and epigraphy and seem to come from the same boulloterion, perhaps after some retooling.

The reverse contains a complete twelve-syllable verse that identifies the metropolitan of Euchaita as a protosynkellos, evidently so well known that he felt no need to inscribe his first name. But on the obverse we also have half a verse linked to what follows on the reverse (Μάρτυς θύτην σὸν τὸν Εὐχαΐτων σκέπε). The reverse of this seal must have been changed when the owner received the title of protosynkellos some time in the second half of the eleventh century. See N. Oikonomides, "The Anonymous Seal," SBS 4 (1995) 76.

 

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