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Seal of the imperial monastery of (St. John) Prodromos τῆς Ἠρημίας (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5070

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 43.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1944.

Details

Diameter:
26 mm

Obverse

Seal of the imperial monastery of (St. John) Prodromos τῆς Ἠρημίας (eleventh century)

Bust of St. John Prodromos holding a long staff cross in his left hand. Inscription in two columns: |ι|Ν||Σο|πρ| : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰωάννης ὁ Πρ(ό)δ(ρομος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Seal of the imperial monastery of (St. John) Prodromos τῆς Ἠρημίας (eleventh century)

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

σφρ
γ/τησ/
μον/του
προρο
Μ/της..
ημι

Σφραγ(ὶς) τῆς β(ασιλικῆς) μον(ῆς) τοῦ Προδρόμ(ου) τῆς [Ἠρ]ημία(ς)

Translation

Σφραγὶς τῆς βασιλικῆς μονῆς τοῦ Προδρόμου τῆς Ἠρημίας.

Seal of the imperial monastery of (St. John) Prodromos τῆς Ἠρημίας.

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Commentary

We have proposed the reading τῆς Ἠρημίας on the basis that the first letter after THC is an upright bar. Ἠρημία is most likely a toponym and is simply a variant spelling of Ἐρημία, "the wasteland," a quarter that Janin places within the walls of Constantinople and north of the Forum of Arcadius (CPbyz, 348; Églises, 113). This spelling variant is among those listed by Janin, and appears as well in a passage of the Syn. Eccl. CP. (col. 448): the text locates the synaxis of Patriarch Photios and its celebration of February 6 in the church of the holy prophet St. John the Baptist τὄντι ἐν τοῖς Ἠρημίας.

 

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