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(The xenon of) St. Sampson (eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.185

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 37.2a.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Field:
19 mm
Condition:
Broken along channel

Obverse

(The xenon of) St. Sampson (eighth century)

Cross potent; in each quarter, a six-rayed star. Wreath border.

Reverse

(The xenon of) St. Sampson (eighth century)

Inscription of three lines. Wreath border.

του
οσιου
σαμ

Τοῦ ὁσιου Σαμψώ(ν)

Translation

Τοῦ ὁσιου Σαμψών.

(Seal of the xenon of) St. Sampson.

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Commentary

Edited jointly with its counterpart from the same boulloterion: BZS 1958.106.236.

The hospital of St. Sampson was located between St. Eirene's church and Hagia Sophia. T. Miller has argued that Sampson, a physician, was active in the fourth century and it was at this time that he established a modest hospital for the relief of the poor. According to hagiographical sources, he lived in the sixth century. He cured Justinian I of a bladder infection and in gratitude the emperor endowed a splendid hospital in his name. From a reference in the Miracles of St. Artemios (p. 127) it is known that the hospital had physicians who specialized in eye care, as well as surgery. See ODB 3: 1837; and Miller, "Sampson Hospital," 101–116.

 

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