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The imperial monastery of the Prodromos τῆς Εὐήμις (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5071

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 81.1a; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1944. See also Oikonomides, "The Concept of 'Holy War' and Two Tenth-Century Byzantine Ivories," p. 81, where the author cites a parallel specimen in the Athens Numismatic Museum, no. 673/91. Note that this seal has been edited jointly with the parallel from the same boulloterion listed below.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm

Obverse

The imperial monastery of the Prodromos τῆς Εὐήμις (tenth/eleventh century)

Bust of St. John Prodromos; details obscure. Inscription in two columns: |i̅|o..|.|m : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ [Πρ(ό)]δ[ρ(ο)]μ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

The imperial monastery of the Prodromos τῆς Εὐήμις (tenth/eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines, decoration below. Border of dots.

σφραγ,
τησ,μο
ν,τουπρο
ρομ,τησ
ε.ημισ


Σφραγ(ὶς) [τ]ῆς β(ασιλικῆς) μο[ν(ῆς) τ]οῦ Προ[δρ]όμ(ου) τῆς [Εὐ]ήμις

Translation

Σφραγὶς τῆς βασιλικῆς μονῆς τοῦ Προδρόμου τῆς Εὐήμις.

Seal of the imperial monastery of the Prodromos τῆς Εὐήμις.

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Commentary

The existence of a μονὴ Εὐήμης is confirmed from an inscription on an ivory plaque in the procession of the church of San Francesco of Cortona. It is unclear what language lies behind Ε[ὐ]ήμις. The word does not seem to be related to Greek, Slavic, or Armenian.

It is possible, however, that the correct reading is Ἐ[ρ]ήμις, a variant of Ἐρεμίας/Ἠρημίας (see also BZS.1955.1.5070). But until a more complete example appears we prefer to keep the reading as E[ὐ]ήμις.

 

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