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The diakonia of the property of Athanasios (seventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.181

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 29.1; J. W. Nesbitt, "Byzantine Copper Tokens," 71–72; Zacos–Veglery, no. 1281b (seventh/eighth century). Parallel specimen: Zacos–Veglery, no. 1281a.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Condition:
Tessera; no channel for suspension. Doublestruck (rev., right margin).

Obverse

The diakonia of the property of Athanasios (seventh century)

St. Stephanos standing with arms raised at his sides. Inscription in two columns: Ο|.|ΓΙ.ΣΣ|Τ|ΕΦ|Ν|ΟΣ : Ὁ [ἅ]γι[ο]ς Στέφανος. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

The diakonia of the property of Athanasios (seventh century)

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΙΚ
ΟΝΙΣΤ
ΝΘ
.ΣΙ

Διακονίας τῶν Ἀθα[ν]ασίου

Translation

Διακονίας τῶν Ἀθανασίου.

The diakonia of the property of Athanasios.

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Commentary

In using the term "of the property" we are simply re-employing Laurent's heading "La diaconie du domaine d'Athanase." As Laurent observes, the phrase τῶν Ἀθανασίου should refer to "the old eponym where the diaconate was established." No source preserves any information about the founder of this diaconate and its location within the capital. Note that the specimen is a tessera and as such may have served as a grain token.

Laurent lists this specimen in Corpus 5.2: no. 1210 (tenth century), where he has republished with a photo a parallel specimen found in the Dobroudja and originally published by C. C. Seăšanu, "Sigilli ši lessere bizantine găsile Dobrogea," Rasarital (7–8 din 1938): 3–8.

 

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